The Research Data Platform is an highly scalable, condo model storage cluster storage service dedicated to supporting divisional research. It provides a centrally managed location to store research data and associated lab data accessible from the campus network and the campus VPN network. Access permissions can be granted to any user with an active CruzID account and managed with user groups.

Who is eligible:

All Science division faculty are eligible to request space in the Research Data Platform.  Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows may not request space but can use their PI’s allocation.  Each faculty member is entitled to 20TB of storage total, including all personal and research group data. In order to not penalize those who pool resources, shared lab instruments are themselves entitled to 20TB of storage which does not count against any individual user’s quota.

Data Backups and Redundancy:

Data backups are made nightly and are kept for 30 days on our backup server.  Backups are also shipped offsite and kept for 30 days.  The cluster is designed for high hardware redundancy and fault tolerance.

How to connect:

Mounts are available for Linux, Windows and MacOS.  Please contact Science Computing staff to get connected.

What is the cost:

There is no cost to faculty for an initial space allocation of 20TB.  If you require additional space, please inquire to Science Computing for purchase.  Any additional storage purchase becomes your guaranteed allocation.