IT Resources for Faculty

IT Resources for Faculty

Please contact sciences@help.ncsu.edu if you have IT needs and would like consulting or more information about available resources.

This page is under development and more resources will be added.

Data Backups

There’s a lot of work to be done to address data backups, and there’s no comprehensive solution particularly for big data needs yet. However, there is an option that is reasonable for moderate amounts of data that don’t require a rapid restore. The university has CrashPlan ProE, a cloud-based data back solution available for Mac, Windows and Linux. The cost is $75.96 per year, per user. Each user can install the backup agent on up to 4 computers. There is unlimited storage for the backup. All data is stored in the United States. After a user leaves the university, the backup is retained for approximately a year and can be restored by system administrators. For information on ordering a license or using the software, contact help@sciences.ncsu.edu

High Performance Computing

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers a shared high performance computing cluster for use by faculty. Faculty can add their students to projects. Additionally, faculty can purchase nodes for the cluster for which they will have first priority. This cluster is a shared resource, so should not be considered a development environment. For more information about OIT HPC, see https://projects.ncsu.edu/hpc/main.php

Costs: There is not a direct cost to faculty, but departments are billed for a share of OIT HPC usage based on their overall usage. We are in discussions with the university about this cost model.

We are investigating the use of cloud resources for HPC needs. If you are interested in pursuing a pilot or learning more about costs and discounts for cloud services, please contact help@sciences.ncsu.edu

Software

The university has site-licensed many software packages. You can find downloads and information on acquiring site-licensed software at http://software.ncsu.edu

Microsoft Office

For university-owned computers, you should contact your local technical support staff for assistance if you have a managed system (e.g., one that is in Active Directory or Casper.) If you have an unsupported or unmanaged computer, you can get access to the university’s Office downloads at  https://software.ncsu.edu/faculty-staff-university/microsoft-office/

Through Office 365, every university user is entitled to five free copies of Microsoft Office for Windows or Mac for use on personally-owned computers. To download your copies, go http://office365.ncsu.edu