Research Value Storage


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

The Research Value 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 ITS MyGroups system. Value 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 Academic 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 Value Storage

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

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

Drive Mapping with Research Value Storage

Research Value 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.

Data transfer

Public and Moderately Sensitive Storage Data Transfer


Secure Copy (scp)

scp uses secure shell (SSH) protocol to transfer files between your local machine and a remote host. `scp can be used with the following syntax:

scp SourceFile

Detailed instructions and examples for using scp are provided here.

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

sftp is a network protocol for secure file management. Instructions and examples for using sftp are located here.

Graphical Data Transfer Packages

Several packages such as Filezilla, Cyberduck, and MobaXterm are available for users who want a graphical user interface for file transfers. See here for an overview.

Globus Connect (Large Data Transfers)

Globus provides access to data on local machines and Rivanna file systems, as well as external institutions and facilities. Globus is well suited for transferring both small files and large amounts of data. More information on Globus data transfer can be found here.

File Manipulation and Navigation with Value Storage

Research Value 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.