Shared file storage services for colleges and departments are available for a fee allowing the University community to pool resources and provide a more robust and capable file service than individual colleges or departments might otherwise be able to provide. Jade is where colleges and departments are able to share business and research data.
ICT will customize the top-level directory structure of your departmental file storage space so that it meets the needs of your college or department. This includes creating any security groups required to ensure that your department's sensitive data is accessible only by those with permission.
If your department has computer support staff or have contracted with ICT for Desktop Support, administrative access can be delegated so that support staff can manage your departmental file storage space on Jade.
Access to all file services requires using your NSID (Network Services ID) and password.
On-campus access to Jade file storage is available through both Windows and Macintosh desktop computers. Windows computers need to "Map a drive" to access file service shares and Macintosh computers need to "Connect to Server" to access file service volumes. This can be set up when your account on Jade is created.
Files are stored on a server that has built in redundancies. Upgrades are done on a monthly basis. This system helps to ensure reliable access to files 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, files are backed up nightly. The server has a Gigabit network connection.
Files are scanned for viruses on a nightly basis. If a virus is found, the support staff for the department with the infected file will be contacted.
Groups that need to share data across departments can be given access to shared space. There is no charge for this space but it is intended for smaller quantities of storage (less than 100MB) and there is no guarantee of space availability.