For the past year, the Division of Information Technology has been researching a replacement for Royal Drive, our enterprise file storage system. The goals for a new system were threefold including secure storage, mobile access and content sharing.
The research process included the issuing of an RFI for vendors to respond, demos of each vendor’s product, consulting with Gartner research, and conducting a 2-week pilot of select products by a committee composed of faculty and staff.
Based on the research and our findings, we will be moving forward with using local network storage and Microsoft OneDrive/SharePoint services for staff, and piloting Dropbox for faculty storage. The faculty pilot will include all full-time faculty for a 2-year period with an annual assessment of utilization.
An implementation team is being formed within IT and work will begin shortly. Details regarding the project and its time frame will be forthcoming.
By Susan Bowen, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer