Service DescriptionArchival data storage, also referred to as mass storage, is available for Carolina researchers. The mass storage service is intended to be used for archiving research data files and storing very large files, files that are too large to fit within an individual researcher's home directory. Based on the SAM-FS software, mass storage space is presented to the end-user as just another directory, accessible on the central research cluster login nodes and accessible from any other system via secure ftp or secure copy (scp). When data files are copied to the mass storage system, they are held on disk for a period of time and then are copied to two tapes. As tapes fill, one copy tape is then stored off-site. The mass storage system may be a good choice as a replica location in an iRODS-based data grid. Several iRODS collections are currently deployed using the mass storage system’s resources. Note that the mass storage service currently is not appropriate for unencrypted sensitive data. Please contact Research Computing if you have storage needs associated with sensitive research data.
Hours of AvailabilityMass Storage services are typically available 24x7 other than during planned maintenance periods or unanticipated emergencies (such as loss of commercial power to the data center). Planned maintenance windows are announced through the ITS Changes list and are also announced via email to subscribers to mass storage.
Faculty, postdocs, staff and graduate students engaged in research at UNC.