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Backup & Archivierung

Backup & Archive
This service provides data backup and long-term data storage (archiving) for all KIT employees.

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General information

Backups allow you to restore your data (computer) to the situation it was before the last backup cycle. Backup cycles can be started automatically or manually and at times you prefer. Configure a proper backup routine to protect against data loss in case of hardware loss or failure. Backups do not protect against ransomware, that is up to your virus protection program, but allows at least restoring to the situation to a time before your files became encrypted. All files that have changed since the last backup are saved. SCC currently offers different backup services for personal computers and for servers and data bases. Archives on the other hand are copies of your data that no longer need to be on your hard disk but may not be deleted. Storage time is 10 years and for extra protection data is written to separate media on 2 disparate locations. Starting from 1.1.2017 SCC operates a new archive service. This service replaces the TSM based archives. New archives must use the new service. Existing archives must be migrated. More information can be found here.

Archiving scientific data
For archiving scientific data you should use the service bwDataArchive instead of the backup service.

Time of use

All services are available 24/7 except during maintenance. Maintenance will be announced well in advance.


Please use this online form after which you will receive information on location and installation of software as well as instructions about how to use the service. Registration for the archive service can be done on-line. Link to registration page <..coming soon...>)

Signing off

Please ask your IT officer (ITB) to cancel your service(s). Unregistering for the archive service be done on-line.


Please contact the data protection team.

IT security

Access to backups and archives is secured with passwords. Depending on the service, you can use your KIT credentials or you will be handed a different account and password. In the case of sensitive data we recommend to encrypt data before it is send to backup or archives. Instructions can be found here <...coming soon...>

Access to the hardware backup and archive storage is limited to administrators of the SCC. Access to the locations of the hardware secured with a code card.

Included services

  • Software license
  • Individual support on the backup and archiving service (e.g. efficient use or special requests)

  • Users are informed by e-mail on certain conditions regarding the status of the services.

Not included services

  • No hard disk images of the devices.

  • For the existing archives: No notification when archived data reaches expiration time for deletion. For archives in the new archive service notification are sent out in advance.

Organizational requirements

  • Users must have a KIT (employee or member) account.

Technical requirements

The cost of this service will be calculated according to the budgeting rules applied to your organization.