SFU is offering access to the highly versatile SFU vault cloud storage service to faculty, staff, and students who have an active SFU Computing ID. This service is available at no cost and can be used across multiple devices.
SFU vault provides easy file sharing between teams or individual users to assist in the various projects undertaken by University members and to foster collaboration from external access points.
Faculty, staff, and students will only require Internet connectivity from any location to manage their files in the cloud storage system. The benefits of using SFU vault include:
- Easy to learn folder-based file syncing and sharing;
- Access files from any desktop or mobile device;
- Automatically synchonizes data between devices;
- Provides versioning to provide access to previous versions of files;
- Space quota of 50 GB; and
- Support is provided by the University.
All SFU files uploaded into the system will be protected under the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), which alleviates any risk of storing sensitive information within US-based cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
Backups and Restores in SFU Vault
Note that SFU Vault is a multi-device, cloud file synchronization service, but it is not a replacement for good backups.
If you or your device makes destructive changes to files, those destructive changes may also be synchronized. In many cases, SFU Vault's file versioning and access to recently deleted files may be able to help recover accidentally "lost" or damanged files; however, the ability to recover files is limited by the amount of space free in your personal SFU Vault quota and other factors.
SFU Vault enables storage of and access to files in the cloud across devices. While synchronizing your files to multiple devices may provide additional resiliancy in some circumstances (hard drive failure on one machine, for example), not all cases of file loss can be addressed by file synchronization. For that reason, we do not recommend that SFU Vault be used as your only method of keeping your data safe.
Click here to visit the SFU vault client page to get started with your software.