At Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, we have several storage options available to us; let’s evaluate which storage is right for your research. Several factors determine the proper storage, from size to security, from permissions to compute; below, we will discuss all the storage options and their pros and cons for each.
- IFS: The GSB’s 500 TB high-performance storage solution. Currently, all Yen user and project directories reside on IFS. Snapshots are taken of the data and are easily recoverable and ideal for computing scenarios on the Yen cluster. Ideal for flat files that will require significant compute resources.
- Google Drive: Available to all users at Stanford. Approved for low, medium and high risk data. Limited to 400,000 files and throttled to 750 GB upload per day. Ideal for audio, video, PDFs, Images, and flat files. Also appropriate for archiving research data
- Oak: Similar to IFS, “Oak is a High-Performance Computing (HPC) storage system available to research groups and projects at Stanford for research data.” Oak is not snapshotted; deleted data is lost. It costs about $45 per 10 TB.
- Redivis: Redivis allows users to deploy datasets in a web-based environment (GCP backend) and provides a powerful query GUI for users who don’t have a strong background in SQL.
Other Stanford Platforms
The following storage platforms are currently supported but users are discouraged from relying on them for continuing research:
- AFS: Andrew File System.
- Box: Box Stanford provides basic document management and collaboration through Box.com. Box is an easy-to-use platform that you can log into with your Stanford credentials.
Storing data in the cloud is an effective way to inexpensively archive data, serve files publicly, and integrate with cloud-native query and compute tools. With the growing number of cloud storage options and security risks, we advise caution when choosing to store your data on any cloud platform. If you are considering cloud solutions for storage, please contact DARC to discuss your needs.