LSA IT has partnered with ITS to offer up to two terabytes of storage to LSA faculty, LSA lecturers’, and LSA GSRA/GSRI without cost to the individual or department. Additional storage can be purchased by faculty members or departments at a cost of $30 per terabyte per year.
Either CIFS or NFS storage is available. If you don’t know which you need, please email us and we can help you figure it out. If you are storing sensitive data types, please check the restrictions for CIFS and for NFS.
- CIFS storage, used primarily by Windows and most Macs, offers higher security and the ability to retrieve accidentally deleted files for up to 60 days using snapshot technology. This offering is based on the ITS Mainstream Storage service.
- NFS storage, used primarily by Linux and some Macs, offers replication of data for disaster recovery purposes. This service offers no built-in backup for accidental deletion. This offering is based on the ITS Value Storage service.
Users can leverage either all of one type of storage, or some of each if needed. This storage offering is designed to complement Google Docs and Box. Where those two solutions are meant for lower-volumes of data, this offering is meant for big data that those services simply cannot accommodate. To request storage, simply complete the form available here.
The following table provides a comparison of the two options.
|Cost to You/Department||2TB free, $30/year/TB after that||2TB free, $30/year/TB after that|
|Backups||Yes, 60 day retention of files via snapshots||No backup|
|Eligibility||LSA faculty, LSA lecturers, LSA GSRA/GSRI||LSA faculty, LSA lecturers, LSA GSRA/GSRI|
|Supported Platforms||Linux, MacOS, Windows||Linux, MacOS|
|Mountable on Flux?||No||Yes|
|Sensitive Data Storage||Certain types of sensitive data are permitted. Please check the Sensitive Data Guide for clarification.||No.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should I contact for help determining what type of storage I need or if I have a problem accessing my storage?
Please contact the LSA Service Desk .
Can I access my storage off campus?
For CIFS: You can access your storage space off-campus if you first connect to the VPN. Instructions for installing and accessing the VPN can be found here. Then you should be able to access the share via the link sent to your email address upon provisioning.
For NFS: Access to the storage space is the same as access to the computer that you have mounted your storage on. If you can access your computer that has mounted NFS via the VPN or the ITS login service, you can access your files.
Can I access my storage over the web, via sftp, or on my mobile device?
Presently, this is not an option. However, if you are interested in such access mechanism please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I restore files from my CIFS space?
Please refer to this document.
How do I connect to my storage?
For CIFS: If you are a Windows or Mac user, the detailed instructions can be found in the email that you received with the path to your storage, or by clicking here.
For NFS: Your local desktop support team should contact you with the initial setup and ensure that you can connect to your storage.
How does this space work with my existing IFS/AFS/Mfile Space?
This storage is on a different system and has no connection to AFS.