Information Services

Cloud-based file storage

Details of the cloud-based file storage services OneDrive and DataSync in use at the University.

The University provides all users with the means to store files and documents in two separate and distinct cloud-based services, that is services which hold data centrally but can be accessed from anywhere in the world. These are Microsoft's OneDrive and the University's own DataSync. This page gives a brief description of each, links to both services as well as summary FAQs to help guide users in their choice of service.

 

Microsoft OneDrive

A cloud-based storage service integrated into Microsoft's Office 365 suite of applications. Full details on accessing and using the service can be found at:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/computing/comms-and-collab/office365/onedrive-for-business

DataSync

A Dropbox-like storage service created and hosted by the University. Full details on accessing and using the service, as well as comprehensive FAQs, can be found at:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/computing/desktop-personal/datasync

 

Choosing the service that is right for you

Below is a brief selection of FAQs to help guide users into making a choice between the two cloud-based storage services. Further more in-depth FAQs can be found either inside OneDrive's web interface help feature or at DataSync FAQs

 

Microsoft OneDrive

DataSync
Who is entitled to use this service? All staff, students and visitors who have Office 365 accounts Only staff and PGR students
Are my files stored within the University? No - They are stored on Microsoft's servers Yes
What is the storage size limit? 1TB Initially 20GB but can be configured up to 500GB or larger when shared with other users' quotas
How do I access the service? Either via the OneDrive button at the top left after logging into https://www.office365.ed.ac.uk/ or via sync client Either via the web interface at https://datasync.ed.ac.uk or via sync client
Are my files backed up? Yes - you should, however, always keep a backup of important documents yourself separately Yes - you should, however, always keep a backup of important documents yourself separately
Can I access my files from a mobile device? Yes - using Microsoft's OneDrive app Yes - using the ownCloud app