Technology for Research: Storage and Backup

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Storage

Storage is where your working data and files reside. Options include:

SASC DBSC  -  In-house SAS Computing-managed Data Backup Service Center provides local disk space and redundancy for ongoing research and lab projects for a fee. Please contact your LSP or email for more information.

Cloud services - Penn+Box is the unversity's approved cloud storage solution, offering free unlimited space for members of the Penn community. Files uploaded to this platform can be edited live through the Box Drive app.

Physical - Internal and external drives.

Backup

Backup provides redundancy, in case you lose something (disaster recovery) or need to revert to an older version.

SASC DBSC - Our in-house SAS Computing-managed Data Backup Service Center provides local disk space with redundancy for ongoing research and lab projects for a fee ($500/TB/year). Please contact your LSP or email for more information.

Mozy: Cloud-based Storage for Desktop and Laptophttps://www.isc.upenn.edu/backup-desktop-laptop — Currently in Development. ($4 per device, per month; roughly $50 a year for "unlimited space")

Amazon Glacierhttps://aws.amazon.com/glacier/  (inexpensive, "as little as $.007 per gigabyte per month," but pricey for downloads — disaster recovery) for the not-so-secure.

Penn+Boxhttps://www.upenn.edu/computing/box/ — Unlimited cloud storage and free, for every member of the Penn community. Great for collaboration across the school (also able to collaborate outside of Penn).

Archiving

When you are done, and want to share or place your results in stasis.

Physical - Use a personal disk (external disk/optical/tape). There are a variety of options for personal archiving to external USB drives, DVD, etc. Operating systems include scheduled backup capability: Mac/Time Machine, PC/Windows Backup

Physical - Archive using removable media (optical/tape) - iron mountain http://www.ironmountain.com/ 

Amazon Glacier -  https://aws.amazon.com/glacier/

You may also want to check out our information on Big Data.

For more information or to talk about your specific needs,

please contact your Local Support Providers.