Today’s Tech Tuesday

Posted on February 21st, 2018 by tssadmin

Today’s Tech Tuesday is from Kenton Falana. Kenton had been providing IT consulting on campus since 2011 and joined IT@NJMS full time in 2017. He works in our User Services group providing hardware and software support to the community and specializes in desktop services and data migration. Today he is going to share with you some information about cloud backup options.


Cloud Backup Options

There are several types of data backup but today we will be focusing on Cloud Backup options. Cloud storage is a simple and scalable way to store, access, and share data over the Internet. Cloud storage delivers “anywhere, anytime” access to data via a web application or app. There are several Cloud Storage options available at NJMS.

OneDrive, which is available to all Rutgers employees, is a file-hosting service operated by Microsoft and it is HIPAA compliant. Files can be synced to a computer and accessed from a web browser or a mobile device as well as shared internally or publicly with specific people. This is a great way to prevent losing data should your computer develop a problem. Note, if you plan on editing and / or sharing files with multiple people, for example within a lab, it is recommended that you have a group created for the lab to prevent access problems should a person leave if the data is tied to a personal account. For more information,

Google Drive, is available through your RU Scarlet mail account, but it is NOT HIPAA compliant, and no sensitive data should be stored there.

Box, is another externally hosted option that will be coming soon to Rutgers. It works similar to Dropbox.

ownCloud, is a cloud based system that is hosted internally by IT@NJMS that is primarily available only to the NJMS. It also works similar to Dropbox in that you can store, sync, and share files both internally and externally. Access is available either through a downloadable client or app or through the web at .

If you have any questions or need assistance on this topic or other IT matters, please contact IT@NJMS at



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