Cloud Services

Cloud Services

Penn State Behrend and the University provide cloud-based services.

Behrend's Private Cloud Service

Faculty, students, and departments can access Behrend's Private Cloud Service at

Benefits to Students

  • Remotely accessible lab environment (PC, tablet, iPad, Android)
  • Remotely accessible Penn State and personal data (P drive)


Benefits to Faculty

  • Your own secure personal desktop available from anywhere (on campus or off campus) via any device (PC, tablet, iPad, Android)
  • Remotely accessible lab environment
    • Off-site class instruction
    • Hybrid course instruction
  • Remotely accessible Penn State and personal data (Pdrive)
  • High performance system availability for projects and analysis
  • Available instructional servers for class use
  • Recoverable system and data from onsite Erie backups
  • Collaborative data services for projects and research
  • Latest software and operating system testing
  • Access to Penn State network without VPN


Benefits to Departments

  • Low cost PC replacement for faculty office workstations
  • Data protected within the Penn State network (limits financial liability for lost data on laptops or other devices)
  • Recoverable system and data from on-site Behrend backups
  • Collaborative data resources for departments, faculty, students, and projects


University Cloud Service

You’ve probably heard of cloud storage solutions such as Google Drive, Sky Drive, and Drop Box.  However, the University does not recommend using these solutions for University business because of sensitive data, security concerns, and other issues.  Instead, the University recently introduced a service called Box at Penn State.

Box at Penn State is a secure, cloud-based, commercial file storage service made possible due to a contract that Penn State has with Box.  (Unlike other cloud storage services, the servers for Box at Penn State are housed in the U.S. and managed by a PSU system administrator.)  This service allows you to store many more types of University data in the cloud.  And you can manage, access, and share your files from anywhere using your desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

In addition to file storage, Box at Penn State makes it easy to share files and collaborate with others within the University.  You can also collaborate with people outside of Penn State as long as they have a Box account.

Box at Penn State is available to faculty, staff, and students.  For more details about Box at Penn State, please refer to the FAQ  and Terms of Service.  The FAQ also includes information regarding the types of information that can be stored on Box as well as security measures taken by Box.

For tutorials, visit the Box at Penn State home page, click on Support from the menu, and then select Training.  Or download the quick start guide from ITS Training Services.

If you need more information or have questions about this service, please contact the Database Specialist.