Compare UI Supported Storage and Sharing Options

Not sure which type of storage is best for you? Review all the available storage solutions available with this quick summary chart. All services listed support UI institutional data storage. PLEASE NOTE:  Consumer-based storage services (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, etc.) are only available for Level I data.

  Shared Drive (Files@Iowa) Home Drives (Files@Iowa) OneDrive for Business (Office 365) Large Scale Storage (LSS) Research Data Storage Service (RDSS) SharePoint
Description of Service Highly available file storage service available for departments/units. Highly available file storage service available for individuals. 25 GB is provided. Cloud based file storage and collaboration. 1 TB for free. For researchers, faculty, and staff  who have a lot of data but do not need high availability (HA) storage. Also available on HPC systems For faculty researchers who have large amounts of data (basic data storage, not available on HPC systems). 5 TB for free. Collaboration service available for departments/units.  
Who is this for? Departments, inter-departmental work groups. All faculty, staff, students. All faculty, staff, students   Faculty researchers and their labs. Departments, inter-departmental workgroups.
Cost 1 GB per FTE is provided. Pay for service after that:  $.08/GB/month. Free Free $40/TB per year for each copy. 5 TB for free. Pay for service after that: $270/TB/year Free
Safe for UI data levels* I, II, & III I, II, & III I, II, & III I & II I, II, & III I, II, & III
Snapshots/Shadow Copy 30 days  30 days  Versioning 30 days  30 days   
Replication between Data Centers Yes  Yes  Yes  Optional Yes   
Backups 6 months  6 months  90 days Replication Replication  
Access Method CIFS/SMB CIFS/SMB Browser, local data sync, or mobile app NFS, CIFS/SMB  NFS, CIFS/SMB  Browser
Access from anywhere? Available from work or home via the VPN.  Available from work or home via the VPN. Available from anywhere via browser or local data sync.  Available from work or home via the VPN. Available from work or home via the VPN. Available from anywhere via browser.
How do I get this? By request to its-etm@uiowa.edu Automatically provisioned.  Available as a mapped drive H:  Login to Office 365 and click on the OneDrive tile. By request to its-etm@uiowa.edu Fill out request form Fill out request form

*Disclaimer:

Other consumer-based storage services (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, etc.) are only available for Level I data.