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.

Special Project Storage

Fifty TB of storage have been designated for special cases where the storage will be provided at a reduced cost or at no charge. These projects are meant to be short exploratory projects or areas with special needs evaluated on a case-by-case basis to evaluate the need (size and duration).

Special Projects might include promising exploratory research for short periods of time, exemplary research that has little chance of external funding, and other special-use cases administered by the CI Council. See Getting Started tab.

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 monthly at a rate of $7.00 per TB. A MoCode is required to obtain this service. Monthly billing is based on the highest quota assigned to the share in the previous calendar month.

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

Special Projects Storage

Additional storage has been designated for special cases where the storage will be provided at a reduced cost or no charge. The CI Council will review requests for Special Projects storage. 

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 rcss-support@missouri.edu 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.

Special Projects Storage

The CI Council will review requests for Special Projects storage. Special Projects must submit a data management plan, including Data Classification Level (DCL) information, and report each semester on the storage usage and other relevant metrics. Requests should describe storage needs and the length of time it is needed as well as a brief description of the research significance and expected outputs.

Send your request, along with the above-mentioned information, to rcss-support@missouri.edu, or contact a CI Council member.

Large Storage Investment

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

For additional assistance, contact Tech Support at 573.882.5000.

Additional Information

Please read our GPRS Policy.

Learn more about Research Computing.