What is GatorBox?
GatorBox is an enhanced storage option for research data that features a Dropbox-like interface and is connected to HiPerGator.
The software that supports GatorBox is ownCloud, an easy-to-use file synchronization and sharing interface. We are running the Enterprise Edition of ownCloud.
GatorBox is part of the GatorCloud infrastructure, which also includes the OneDrive@UF storage option. These services are complementary, but distinct. The differences between the two services are shown in the table below.
|GatorCloud Storage Option Comparison Chart|
|Storage Space||Purchased via UFRC investment||1 TB free for UF faculty, staff, and students|
|Access through Dropbox-like web and client interface||Yes||Yes|
|Access from HiPerGator||Yes||No|
|Access as CIFS/SMB network drive||Yes||No|
|Replicate and share with SSERCA institutions||Yes||No|
|Store sensitive data||No||Yes, excluding PHI|
|Please note: GatorBox should not be used to share, transfer, or store restricted or sensitive data such as protected health information (PHI), financial accounts, identification numbers, etc.|
Do not store sensitive data
The official UF policy for the GatorBox storage system states that no sensitive data should be stored, transferred, or shared via the service.
Sensitive data includes:
- Protected health information (PHI)
- Credit or debit card numbers
- Financial account numbers
- Full or partial Social Security numbers
- Driver’s License numbers
- Passport numbers
- Student educational records, including grades, UFID, photos
- Information prohibited from export such as ITAR or EAR
- Any other sensitive data that must be protected from public access
Using the web interface
To log in with the web interface:
The user manual for the ownCloud web interface is available in PDF format.
Download the sync client software
In addition to the web interface, ownCloud storage can be accessed via a convenient and fast client which is available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
|How to obtain ownCloud sync client software|
|Download from the ownCloud website.|
|iOS||Available for purchase from the Apple App store.|
|Android|| Available for purchase from the Google Play or Amazon App store.
ownCloud will detect new versions of client software automatically and prompt you to upgrade.
The user manual for ownCloud client software is available in PDF format.
Sharing files and folders
You can share files and folders with others from GatorBox. Click here for detailed instructions.
View a recording of the Introducting GatorBox training session (recorded September 25, 2014).