Yes, we are. We do not back up any files for any of our 450 user (minus our office staff). We are having everyone backup their own data. They use Dropbox, Google Docs, and some have personal flash drives and harddrives. We run our system that way for two reasons.
#1: We believe that users should be responsible for their data and not the techs. About 10 years ago the "dog ate my homework" excuse turned into "the computer lost my file". So we have given back this responsibility to our users. If students lose files, it is the same as not bringing in the paper copy. Teachers are also responsible for their backups, we have suggested they buy a small device (hardrive or flashdrive) or use Dropbox or Google Docs. .
#2: We have found that it take to much out of the network to run a traditional file server system (network account logging in and out) and a cloud model, so we just use the cloud.
On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 8:49 AM, William Hatch <[log in to unmask]>
Its time to replace our old file server. Before I spend the money that could be used elsewhere, I am wondering if anyone is using google or dropbox or some sort of online storage, rather than having a local file server. Experiences? Thanks.
Educational Technology Specialist
Vergennes Union Elementary School