Cloud Storage and Access

Multiple devices are a way of life for many researchers and students. There are many options for "cloud" computing, which uses the Internet to store and transfer files or deliver software. This means that your various devices can be synchronized, or you can store your files in the cloud, and access them from any location with an Internet connection.

Cloud Tools

  • Dropbox
    You can share, edit, and save documents, spreadsheets, photos and other files on any device. They are saved to the cloud and synchronized with your other devices. Dropbox offers some online storage for free, with more available for a small fee.
  • Google Drive
  • With Google Drive, you can create and share word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online, and collaborate with others on group projects. Students and teachers can create documents using these state-of-the-art tools, then communicate and collaborate with each other in real time right inside a web browser window.

  • Netfiles
  • NetFiles is an online file storage tool made by Xythos Software, a Blackboard company. The University provides 5 GB of NetFiles storage to all current students, staff, and faculty. This enables you to securely store and share files on a University server that has been approved for storing private and protected data.

  • Firefox Sync
    This browser extension allows you to access your browser history, bookmarks, open tabs as well as passwords across all your devices.
  • XMarks
    Sync your bookmarks across multiple browsers and have access where ever you are working.
  • Pocket or Instapaper
    Save a page to read later on multiple devices.
  • Windows Live Sync
    Part of the Windows Live suite, this is a free option. Online Help and FAQ are available.