Storage Portfolio Restructuring Initiative - Overview
Re-envisioning storage services to best serve University academics, research, and outreach with requirement-based digital data storage solutions.
The Storage Portfolio Restructuring Initiative (SPRI) applies a strategic and sustainable approach to providing storage services for the University of Minnesota, enabling
- Improved visibility and awareness of activity and usage
- Greater granularity for operational reporting
- More accurate classification of the data being stored
- Simplified data migrations in the future
Learn more about file share and group access management standards.
SPRI: Three Phases of Implementation
The initiative is being implemented in three phases.
Service Offering Details
Cloud Storage Services
Cloud-based storage for the University community. Always available, low performance, long term storage. Includes secure cloud storage options. Current technologies include: Google Drive, Team/Shared Drive, Box, Kaltura MediaSpace.
This service will provide "mapped drives" for staff and departmental shares for UMN departments. It is intended for primary work, administrative data, files used in daily work-life that do not involve transactions or applications. Learn more about Departmental Data Storage.
High Performance Storage
This service provides a high-performance, temporary space for data to live while being actively processed. Space to run data analytics and other highly-transactional workloads against data sets, without being stored on a permanent basis. Scratch space, short term storage. Learn more and request High Performance Storage.
Research Data Storage
Research Data Storage is intended for current research data that is frequently accessed, but that does not require high transactional (compute) capacity. Appropriate data files include datasets, lab workbook data, research group papers, and other research data that do not contain private healthcare information. Learn more and request Research Data Storage.
Static Storage - Coming Soon!
The Storage and Hosting service would like your input as we begin to define requirements for a storage platform intended for data that is accessed infrequently. Your input will inform the design of the Static Storage service, part of the Storage Portfolio Restructuring Initiative. Please complete the survey by Friday, January 15, 2021.
Systems Back-up Storage
The Systems Backup Storage service provide a reliable and inexpensive place to copy or sync data that does not need to be backed up, snapped, or replicated. This service will provide a space for IT staff or system administrators to sync a copy of data files from other servers or desktops as a backup. Primarily for IT uses, not intended for individual device backups.
We are transitioning from a one-size-fits-all approach, where archived or backup data was stored in the same space with the same data protection and security controls—and at the same cost—as active research data. To enable this change, in phase one, OIT established data storage services that are customized to your data requirements for cost-effectiveness, availability, security, and reporting.
Contact Doug Finley (Service Owner for Storage and Hosting Services) with questions at [email protected].
Storage Selection Tool
Explore digital data storage solutions available at the University of Minnesota with the Storage Selection Tool.
Data Security Classification Tool
Visit z.umn.edu/classify-data for assistance determining the appropriate data security classification or regulations for your data.