Data is the most important aspect of your computer. Computer hardware can fail, data can be corrupted, 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:

  • Desktops and laptops: CrashPlan PROe
  • Enterprise servers: Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)
Available To 
Students, Faculty, Staff

Benefits and key features

Desktops and laptops: CrashPlan PROe
CrashPlan is a cloud backup solution for desktops and laptops. It s 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 machine, by sending an encrypted copy of your data 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.

Enterprise servers: Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)
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.


Both CrashPlan and TSM require an MIT Kerberos account.

Getting started

To download these products, visit the CrashPlan or TSM product pages.