Iowa State University

ITInformation Technology

File Storage

Overview

ITS offers file storage services for all ranges of storage needs including large research data sets, departmental files, file backups, and personal home directories for students, faculty, and staff.

To accomodate all of these needs, ITS offers several storage services:

CyBox (Cloud Storage)

CyBox (Cloud Storage)

CyBox is Iowa State's implementation of Box.com cloud storage. CyBox provides storage and collaborative tools for sharing files within and external to Iowa State. CyBox includes 50GB of cloud-based file storage and sharing for all faculty and staff and 25GB for students with a valid Iowa State Net-ID. Requests for additional capacity will be evaluated by the CyBox administrators.

Files you store on CyBox can be synced between multiple devices, and accessed from anywhere, including on mobile devices with the Box.com app for iOS and Android.

More about CyBox Log In to CyBox
CyPoint (SharePoint)

CyPoint (SharePoint)

CyPoint is Iowa State's implementation of Microsoft SharePoint. CyPoint provides a secure, web-based platform for collaboration, document management, and business process (workflow and forms).

CyPoint requires a modern Web browser, and there is no charge for the first 20 GB.

To get started, contact

cypoint-admins (at) iastate (dot) edu
.

More about CyPoint Log In to CyPoint

Other Storage Options

ITS provides other storage solutions, including:

  • CyFiles (Storage for Individuals)

    CyFiles is a storage service for students, faculty, and staff to save their files or roaming profiles to a backed-up location on campus. All ISU users with a Net-ID are automatically provided with a default CyFiles space of 5 GB/user. Additional space can be purchased via ASW. Click this box for more information about accessing and using CyFiles.

  • OrgFiles (Storage for Departments/Groups)

    OrgFiles is the storage service for faculty and staff to store files that need to be accessed by a department or group. Click this box for more information about accessing and using OrgFiles.

  • ResearchFiles (Storage for Research)

    ResearchFiles is the storage service for faculty and staff to store files that need to be accessed by a group for the intent of research. Click this box for more information about accessing and using ResearchFiles.

  • Software

    Software is the storage service for faculty and staff to store licensed software for group or campus-wide distribution. Click this box for more information about accessing and using Software Storage.

  • AFS

    ISU users with a valid Net-ID are provided with 1GB of storage space on the Andrew File System (AFS). The space is used for storing and sharing files and folders, and can be used for housing users' yournetid.public.iastate.edu websites. Click this box for more information about accessing and using AFS.

  • WebScratch

    WebScratch is a service available on ASW that allows temporary placement of files on a web server where other parties using a web browser can download them, rather than receiving the files as large email attachments. Click this box for more information about accessing and using WebScratch.

Features

ITS file storage services include:

  • Availability on or off campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Off campus access currently requires use of the VPN (CyFiles/OrgFiles/ResearchFiles).
  • Ability to request additional storage (CyFiles/OrgFiles/ResearchFiles) as needed, or from the Solution Center (CyBox/CyPoint).
  • Billing based on space used after initial allotment.
  • Ability to set permissions yourself (CyBox/CyPoint/CyFiles) or by a designated admin (OrgFiles/ResearchFiles).
  • Backup checkpoints. Hourly, daily, and weekly point-in-time, recoverable, copies of files. 23 total for CyFiles and 31 total for OrgFiles/ResearchFiles
  • Versioning. (CyBox/CyPoint)

Requirements

ITS storage services require:

  • ISU Net-ID
  • Fund Account Number (OrgFiles/ResearchFiles only)

Rates

Service Cost /Unit
CyBox No Charge
No Charge
/25GB
/50GB (faculty and staff)
CyPoint No Charge
$0.10
/first 20GB
/GB/month over 20GB
CyFiles No Charge
$0.10
/first 5GB
/GB/month over 5GB
OrgFiles No Charge
$0.10
/first 1TB *
/GB/month over 1TB
ResearchFiles $0.10 /GB/month

* Each of the seven colleges is allocated the first 1TB of OrgFiles storage at no charge. All other units, and storage for colleges over 1TB, are charged at the $0.10/GB/month rate.