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Two NET+ services equals back-to-school success

Aug 25, 2015, by Sean O'Brien
Tags: Code42, CrashPlan PROe, Internet2 NET+, Microsoft, Office 365 Education

Heading back to school is one of the most exciting times of the year, whether you are a faculty member, staff member, student or other member of the community. The Internet2 NET+ program will ensure you have all the tools you need to make the most out of the 2015-2016 academic year.  Here are two services that will position you for success this year.

Code42 CrashPlan

NET+ CrashPlan allows faculty and staff easy, self-service access to backed up files. They are accessible from any computer or mobile device--and IT gets a single, secure, powerful, cross-platform endpoint backup solution that’s easy to manage.

But NET+ CrashPlan is more than backup, it's an endpoint data protection service. There is no underestimating the importance of backup when you are up late working on a paper or working though the next big project.  

Tim Winningham, system manager for The Ohio State University mathematics department, uses a story of a prominent OSU faculty member to describe his appreciation for CrashPlan. The faculty member's laptop hard drive crashed on the eve of a key presentation in South America. Using the CrashPlan mobile app, the faculty member was able to simply download the files that were needed and delivered the presentation directly from her phone.

"It wasn’t stressful. She can see how to do it herself over wireless, and her life is restored again," Winningham said. "If one of our users falls down into a disaster, we can tell them, 'We'll reset you and give you a new life again.'"

CrashPlan supports Windows, OSX, Linux and many mobile devices and students at campuses signed up for NET+ CrashPlan can take advantage of a 25% discount on CrashPlan + Personal Backup. If your university subscribes to NET+ CrashPlan, you may contact your IT department to learn more about how to take advantage of this discount offer.

Access additional information about the NET+ CrashPlan and learn more about Tim Winningham's CrashPlan success at Ohio State University and the University of California Merced in our NET+ case study.

Office 365

Many people still think of Office 365 as simply an email service; however, it is an increasingly robust platform. Students and faculty at many Internet2 campuses can take advantage of the ability to download Microsoft Office through their campus Office 365 subscription and other programs offered by Microsoft. You can check your availability here.  

There are many applications within Office 365 to get you ready to have a productive year.  Microsoft has continued to invest in OneNote with features like OneNote Class Notebook, inking, multi-device support, applications and more.  You can also elevate your presentations with Sway and interactive presentation tool that goes beyond PowerPoint. Office 365 also provides the ability to store documents and collaborate in the cloud with the OneDrive service.

The Internet2 NET+ Office 365 program offers access to additional support escalations and an online community of practice for research and education institutions evaluating and deploying Office 365. Learn more and signup on our website and join the Internet2 Microsoft community to participate in an ongoing dialog of how Microsoft can support the research and education community.  

CrashPlan and Office365 are just a few of the many services in the Internet2 NET+ Portfolio that will help ensure this school year is your very best. Consider also implementing NET+ LastPass for password management, to avoid having to reset passwords, NET+ Box as a sync, share and collaboration tool, or the leading learning management systems. Take a look at the many cloud services offered through Net+ and contact netplus@internet2.edu to learn more.

Best wishes for a productive and successful new school year!

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