Research Standard Storage


Research Computing offers several budget options for storing public and internal use research data. Information Security at UVA provides details about data sensitivity

The Research Standard storage provides users with a solution for research data storage and collaboration. Members in the same group have access to a shared directory created by
the team lead or PI. Group membership can be defined and managed through Grouper (requires VPN connection). Research Standard storage is mounted on the Rivanna HPC cluster and can also be accessed on a personal computer with an SMB
mount, allowing for point-and-click file manipulation.

If you are not a researcher, UVA ITS offers Value storage for long-term storage of large scale data. More information about ITS’s
various storage options can be found on their website.

Request Research Standard Storage

Research Standard storage can be requested for $45/TB/YR through our Storage Request Form.
Users can specify the size and name of the Research Standard Storage directory and the name of an existing Grouper group that can access the space. If the Grouper group does not yet exist, please create one through the ITS Group Management System before filling out the Research Standard storage request form.

When your Research Standard Storage share is created, you will receive an email detailing your NFS mount, where ### refers to the specific volume number, and the SMB map \\\Grouper_group_name.

Note for PI’s creating a new Grouper group:

  • Specify “This group will be used for Rivanna access” in the description section of the Service Now request form to expedite group creation.

Drive Mapping with Research Standard Storage

Research Standard storage can be drive mapped on a personal computer to enable drag-and-drop file manipulation and transfer between your PC and your value storage share. Detailed instructions for mapping network drives on Windows and Mac machines can be found on the UVa Research Computing How To pages.

File Manipulation and Navigation with Research Standard Storage

Research Standard storage is based on a Linux file system similar to storage spaces on the Rivanna cluster, including /home and /scratch. Users can invoke generic Linux commands to manage files and directories (mv, cp, mkdir), manage permissions (chmod, chown) and navigate the file system (cd, ls, pwd). If you or your collaborators are unfamiliar with some of these commands, we encourage you to take time to review some of the material below:

For more help, please feel free to contact RC to set up a consultation or visit us during office hours.