File service

Storage offerings

Thayer offers several storage options for enabling easy collaboration while keeping data safe and secure.  The following overview will give you a sense of your options and which solution might best match your needs.  Please contact us to discuss further details.

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ThayerFS

Purpose: ThayerFS is our most robust and redundant file service designed to insure high availability, even in the event of hardware failure.  It is relatively fast and accessed using standard CIFS and NFS protocols.  ThayerFS is automatically mounted on our lab desktops and compute servers. It can easily be mounted on personal computers. Off campus access requires VPN, and can be relatively slow.

Pricing: For researchers, ThayerFS is available at the subsidized price of $3 per GB, sold in 10 GB increments.   Storage purchase is for three years and includes regular snapshots and backups.

Security: Access is restricted by your Dartmouth NetID and access groups. ThayerFS is currently suitable for storing data categorized as Level 0, 1, or 2.  Off campus access requires VPN.

Jumbo

Purpose: Jumbo is designed to be less expensive storage for those who needs large amounts of local storage (such as research groups that generate large datasets).  The system is less redundant than ThayerFS

Pricing: For researchers, Jumbo is available at the subsidized price of $0.25 per gigabyte, sold in 100 gigabyte increments. Storage purchase is for three years and includes snapshots and backups.

Security: Access is restricted by your Dartmouth NetID and access groups. Jumbo is suitable for storing data categorized as Level 0, 1, or 2.

Kite (Google Drive)

Purpose: Kite is Thayer's instance of Google Apps for Education.  It enables the storage of unlimited data and is well suited for real-time collaboration.

Pricing: Google currently offers unlimited data at no cost.  Note that Google could change this policy at any time with little notice.

Security: Access is restricted by your Dartmouth NetID and access groups. Google Drive is suitable for storing data categorized as Level 0, 1, or 2.  Level 2 data may not be shared with collaborators outside of Dartmouth.

Backup: Google Drive uses a "Trash" feature which allows deleted files to be restored by the user.  If the Trash has been emptied, an administrator can restore a users data for up to 25 days.  We are testing a third-party back-up service and hope to have a more formal backup policy in the near future.

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