Backup & Storage

Backup & Storage

The Division of Information Technology offers a variety of backup and storage services for GW students, faculty, staff and alumni to support the university's education and research goals. 

Google Drive

Google Drive is Google’s online storage service that allows for added convenience, seamless storage and access to data between multiple devices. The Google Drive service is available as part of your GW email (GWMail) account.

Access Google Drive

Resources

How to access Google Drive
How to switch between multiple Google Drive accounts

File Sharing & Storage Services

File Sharing provides centralized, authenticated access to shared file system resources. This offering promotes collaboration and continuity of work, by providing a secure environment for document and file storage. Access from remote locations is enabled through the GW Virtual Private Network.

In most department cases, a base allocation has already been established based on past and current needs. In the event a base allocation and base cost has not been established, the annual cost is $36/GB allocated. The cost over the base allocation is $36 per GB/year (rounded up to the nearest GB). Cost is calculated based on allocated storage.

The scheduled maintenance window for this service will be weekly, Friday from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am (as needed and when previously announced). Customers are asked to limit access to the service during this time, as services may be unavailable or unreliable.

The Division of IT will backup all stored files nightly. Backups will be kept at a site geographically separate from the primary service delivery location.  These backups are made for disaster recovery, and will be used to restore systems in the event of physical or logical failure resulting in data loss.

Google Drive

Google Drive is Google’s online storage service that allows for added convenience, seamless storage and access to data between multiple devices. The Google Drive service is available as part of your GW email (GWemail) account.

Access Google Drive

Resources

How to access Google Drive
How to switch between multiple Google Drive accounts

GWdocuments

GWdocuments is GW’s enterprise document management tool and repository that provides university departments with the capability to store and retrieve documents in a consistent format while providing the flexibility necessary for each department to meet its individual business requirements. It allows for the same overall look and feel across GW while providing each department with the capability to select its own folder structure, index attributes and naming convention. GWscan is a supporting feature of GWdocuments used by university departments to transition paper documents into electronic documents stored in GWdocuments.