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Data is the most important aspect of your computer. Computer hardware can fail, data can be corrupted, or computers can be lost, stolen, or destroyed. You may be able to reinstall operating systems and applications, but your original data could be lost forever. Data backup software can help you protect and restore your data when something goes wrong. IS&T provides two service offerings at no charge to Students, Faculty and Staff for data backup:

  • CrashPlan PROe for desktops and laptops
  • Tivoli Storage Manager for enterprise servers
Available To 
Students, Faculty, Staff

Benefits and key features

CrashPlan PROe for desktops and laptops
CrashPlan is a cloud backup solution for desktops and laptops provided by Code42 Software. CrashPlan is offered at no cost to members of the MIT community and is the recommended desktop/laptop backup solution. CrashPlan allows you to back up your desktop and/or laptop, by sending a copy of your data, encrypted, to Code42 Software servers via our CrashPlan server and Internet2 connection in the IS&T Data Center.

Note: DLCs that need to manage a pool of machines, not associated with any individual user, can request one CrashPlan 'service' account for each department. A CrashPlan service account uses a restricted Kerberos username to backup an unlimited number of MIT owned machines. Contact the IS&T Service Desk to request a CrashPlan service account.

Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) for servers
TSM is the recommended enterprise backup solution for servers that allows you to back up and restore files, over the MIT network or via the Internet, to secure servers managed by IS&T. TSM also provides the ability to archive documents that need to be kept for an extended period of time. TSM is offered at no cost to members of the MIT community.

Note: The TSM Desktop service is retired as of June 30, 2015. TSM is now accepting new registrations for server machine backups only. To back up your desktop or laptop, download and register for a CrashPlan account.


Both CrashPlan and TSM require a Kerberos account and MIT certificates.

Getting started

For more information and to download these products please visit the CrashPlan PROe product page or the TSM product page.