General Purpose Research Storage

General Purpose Research Storage

The Division of IT provides research collaboration and computation storage resources to individuals, research labs, or groups of collaborators for sharing, analysis, and visualization of research data.

The Division of IT has purchased more than one Petabyte (PB) of storage to provide General Purpose Research Storage (GPRS). See units of measurement chart below.*

This service offers a sustainable and flexible research data storage environment at minimal cost. The Division of IT’s Research Computing staff will interconnect and manage the data storage and will actively recruit and support additional investments by researchers and other units on campus. 

Options available:

Project Storage

Storage associated with specific groups of researchers or instruments are allocated on a per project basis. Storage is allocated in 1TB increments.

Large Storage Investment

Researchers with larger storage needs can purchase half or multiple entire nodes, around 100 TB per node, for five years of service. Investors receive dedicated access to one (half-node) or two (full-node) 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network storage ports. Nodes will be taken out of service after five years, but as part of a future storage offering, may be placed in a degraded storage system. See Getting Started tab.

*Decimal vs. binary units of measurement:

Decimal Decimal Value
Kilobyte KB = 10^3 1,000
Megabyte MB = 10^6 1,000,000
Gigabyte GB = 10^9 1,000,000,000
Terabyte TB = 10^12 1,000,000,000,000
Petabyte PB = 10^15  1,000,000,000,000,000

Please note the following:

  • GPRS is intended for research analysis rather than archiving and is not automatically backed-up.
  • GPRS will not have the same level of service provided to enterprise services, such as email. Researchers will be supported during regular business hours except for emergency cases (security, stability, and data integrity issues). Support will be primarily through the IT Pro, backed up and supported by Research Support Computing staff.
  • The storage is highly resilient to component failure; however, backup services are available at an additional cost and are strongly encouraged.
  • Client OS access and support is limited to operating systems supported by the Division of IT. Data will be accessible via the Network File System (NFS) and Server Message Block (SMB) protocols on campus and remotely over Virtual Private Network (VPN) granted on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Division of IT cannot guarantee service levels under circumstances beyond our control, including the following:
    • Natural or man-made disasters
    • Electrical or network outages or disruptions
    • Equipment failure unrelated to abuse or neglect
    • Attacks on the network
  • When services are limited, users will be notified via email and there will be alerts posted on the Research Computing News page.

Please read our GPRS Policy.

GPRS is charged at a rate of $7.00 per TB. A MoCode is required to obtain this service. 

  • File backup with versioning, $40/TB of quota per month
  • Off-site replication for disaster recovery, $150/TB of quota per month

Note: In FY22 changes were made to the way some IT costs are distributed to the capus. We've added IT costs for some our services to the MU Allocation Model. As a result of the change, all expenses included in the FY22 MU allocation model are assigned to each entity based on their percentage of expenses to the total and then that amount is deducted from their annual General Revenue Allocation. For example, if the School of Music accounts for 10% of overall expenses, they will be assigned 10% of the IT expenses and the GRA allocation is reduced accordingly. This reduction is done BEFORE the allocation is transferred to the entity.

 **Please Note: Data Network monthly charges are included in the allocation model, but activation and installation charges still apply.

Large Storage Investment

Contact Research Computing for details, and assistance with external funding requests, if applicable.

This service is intended for research analysis (not archiving) and is available to individual researchers, non-sponsored researchers, research groups, and sponsored research on all campuses.

To request service, please send an email to and include the project name (32 characters or less), the name of your primary contact (Principal Investigator), the name of your IT Pro, Data Classification Level (DCL), and a MoCode. Access to Windows systems requires an Organizational Unit (OU). Access to Linux systems requires a list of static IPs. HPC access requires a list of users that will need access.

Large Storage Investment

Contact Research Computing for details, and assistance with external funding requests, if applicable.

Go to and click on the Help icon. Login to the self-service portal with your University user id and password, and Search for Answers accordingly. For additional assistance, contact our Help Desk at 573-882-5000.

Additional Information

Please read our GPRS Policy.

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