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Research Data Storage Options

ITS currently offers the following storage services in support of research:

 

Research Data Storage Service (RDSS)

Large Scale Storage (LSS)

R:Drive

Shared Drive OneDrive

About

First 5TB of storage is available for free to researchers with faculty appointments and their labs. Additional 1TB increments upon request for a fee.

Storage located on high performance computing systems; Can also be used as offsite backup capacity for systems that can use ssh-based backups outside of the HPC environment. Does not allow complex permissions nested inside a single file share.

Low cost option ideal for large data sets or long-term storage in the Carver College of Medicine.

The goal of this service is to provide file storage for departments, units, or colleges. 

An enterprise cloud storage solution for your file sharing and collaboration needs.

Use

Desktop File Sharing

HPC & Desktop File Sharing

Desktop File Sharing

Desktop File Sharing Desktop File Sharing

Available on HPC Systems

No

Yes

No

No No

Backups

Yes

Optional

Yes

Daily Continually

Snapshots

Daily

HPC: Hourly, Daily, Monthly
Non-HPC: Daily

Daily

30-day snapshots are online for users to do a "self-restore" Data are backed up and synced continually to the cloud

Snapshot/Backup Retention

30 days

30-90 days

90 days

6 months Deleted items remain in Recycle Bin until it is emptied or 90 days

Access Methods

NFS, SMB/CIFS, sftp

HPC: NFS, SMB/CIFS, Mixed CIFS/NFS, GridFTP, scp/sftp, rsync

SMB/CIFS

SMB/CIFS Web or Desktop Client

Approved Data Classification Levels

I, II, III, HIPAA (SMB/CIFS only), Export-Controlled*

I, II, III, HIPAA (SMB/CIFS only), Export-Controlled*

I, II, III, HIPAA

I, II, III I, II, III, HIPAA

Max Storage Capacity

10TB

N/A

10TB

1GB of space per full-time employee 1TB

Fees

First 5TB free; $270/TB/Year for additional storage

Through June 30, 2019:
$80/TB/Year (includes backups); $40/TB/Year (no backups)

Beginning July 1, 2019:
$70/TB/Year (includes backups); $35/TB/Year (no backups)

$270/TB/year (can be purchased in smaller increments)

Additional space can be purchased for $.08/GB/month No charge

Recommended For

Researchers who need to store less than 5TB of data or need audited storage for sensitive data

Researchers who need to use HPC systems to analyze their data, need to store a large amount of data, or have unique storage needs that require some customization

Researchers in the Carver College of Medicine who need to store a large amount of data or need HIPAA-Compliant storage

Research teams/departments who don't need to storage a large amount of data Researchers who need an easy way to collaborate with others

Request

RDSS Request Form

LSS Request Form

Enterprise Service Center

its-etm@uiowa.edu Office 365 Sign-in

** Please contact research-computing@uiowa.edu before putting Export-Controlled data on LSS or RDSS.

Recommended Language for Grants

RDSS:

Data will be stored on managed University of Iowa, Information Technology Services systems. This is a secure space that includes daily backups. Space required for this project is approximately XX Terabytes. The cost of up to 5TB is free, however, should we need more space, the cost of additional TB is $270/TB/Year.  We request XX TB = $XXX/year to support the storage needs of the project.

LSS:

Data will be stored on managed University of Iowa, Information Technology Services systems.  Space required for this project is approximately XX Terabytes.  The cost of 1TB is $35/TB/Year without backups and $70/TB/Year with backups.  We will/will not require backups of our data.  We request XX TB = $XXX/year to support the storage needs of the project.

R:Drive:

Data will be stored on managed University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine IT systems. This is a secure space that includes daily backups. Space required for this project is approximately XX Terabytes. The cost of 1TB is $270/TB/Year.  We request XX TB = $XXX/year to support the storage needs of the project.

Shared Drive:

Data will be stored on managed University of Iowa, Information Technology Services systems. This is a secure space that includes daily backups. Space required for this project is approximately XX Gigabytes. We are provided at no cost with 1GB per full-time employee, however, should we need more space, the cost of additional GB is $.08/GB/month.  We request XX GB = $XXX/year to support the storage needs of the project.

OneDrive:

Data will be stored on Microsoft's OneDrive for Business storage space.  The University of Iowa has an enterprise agreement with Microsoft and have contractually agreed to safeguard UI data. This is a secure space that includes continuous backups. Space required for this project is approximately XX Gigabytes. The cost of up to 1TB is free. 

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