Box.com – Document and Image storage
- Box.com is a cloud storage service similar to Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.
- Files are stored on a cluster of servers hosted by box.com and either downloaded/uploaded via the box.com website or synchronized with a folder on one or more computers using the box sync client.
- Fully funded by DoIT with a contract negotiated to make sure the security and rights are appropriate for use on campus.
- Every NetID automatically gets 50GB, group folders can be added for free and can go up to 250+ GB
- Great for document and image storage and collaboration. Easy sharing thanks to NetID integration and automatically saves older versions of documents as updates are made!
- No VPN needed, files are available via the Internet.
- Box.com will (probably) always be online and never loose documents. Highly redundant, distributed and maintained by many professionals.
External Hard Disk Drives – Desktop backups, personal data
- Files are stored on a piece of hardware which labs/users are responsible for.
- Bad for primary data, low “mean time to failure” and no built in redundancy.
- Very inexpensive, and flexible
- Vary in size from a few GB to currently 5TB
- Limits Genetics IT’s ability to help, labs are solely responsible for their data.
Departmental File Server – Large files, critical files, downstream analysis, microscopy images
- Files are stored on a server with enterprise class drives and vendor support.
- Monitored, maintained and protected by Genetics IT (nightly backups)
- The server can scale up to hundreds of terabytes
- Basic service paid for by departmental funds with additional storage available on chargeback.
- Server is located on premise resulting in very fast transfer rates to experimental storage, Biotech storage and campus desktops.
- VPN needed to connect form off campus.
- Monthly maintenance windows to perform updates.
Research Data Service – Large files, sequence data, data to be or that has been analyzed or processed.
- Files are stored on a cluster of commodity servers that appears as a single file system.
- Each file exist on two servers, the complete catastrophic loss of a server will result in no down time or file loss.
- Files are not backed up, accidental deletions/overwrites are permanent.
- System can easily scale to thousands of terabytes
- Storage is only accessible through departmentally managed servers. Any work done on Deep Thought or HT1 will be saved on this platform, but data must be uploaded/downloaded via SCP or WGET.