Storage Services for the University Community
Find the right storage solution for your data, documents, and media that best fits your needs for security, availability, and performance.
|I need...||What should I use?|
|Google Drive||General Data Storage||Storage for Servers||Box Secure Storage||MSI||Request a Consultation|
|To access my data from anywhere||yes||Access anywhere on campus or remotely through virtual private networks (VPN)||yes||yes||no||no|
|To share access to my data with others||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||no|
|Real time collaboration||yes||no||no||yes||no||no|
|To access the data from my on-campus laptop/desktop||yes||yes||no||yes||no||no|
|To store data processed by servers||no||no||yes||no||no||yes|
|To store legally-protected data (e.g., health, student)||no||no||no||yes||no||yes|
|To store Data identified with a high security level||no||no||no||yes||no||yes|
|Archival (very long-term) storage||yes||no||no||yes||no||yes|
|I'm not sure what I need||no||no||no||no||no||yes|
Learn About Cloud & Supercomputing Storage
While the no-cost University IT-provided storage options above will meet most researchers' needs, if you have the following types of data, you may need fee-based cloud, local research, or high-performance computing storage:
- Significantly large files
- A large amount of files
- Complex data, applications, or content
- Data related to grant-funded projects
The University has a strategic supplier agreement with vendors such as Cloudnexa to provide cloud storage services. In addition, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) offers local research storage, which is required by most grant-awarding agencies, and high-performance computing storage for data that requires the use of a framework such as Apache Hadoop.
Our data storage team can help you explore all these options.