A new cost-effective solution for storing large quantities of data better targets Ann Arbor researchers’ needs. Information and Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to now offer Value Storage.
Seven units have piloted the service for the past three months, including the Center for the Study of Complex Systems, Computer Aided Engineering Network, Kinesiology, Physics and Mathematics.
“Value Storage meets my unit needs by providing bulk storage access without the physical space, power, cooling, and last, but not the least – staff time! In addition, it provides fast access to large amounts of storage in a time frame we could not meet,” explains Faye Ogasawara, IT manager, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences.
Value Storage is available in terabyte increments, providing bulk storage access with performance similar to local disk. This solution is Network File System (NFS)-based, compatible with UNIX, Linux, FreeBSD, and Macs. ITS provides 24/7 monitoring and your space is available on-campus 24/7. For more details, review the Service Level Agreement.
Full-scale backup is not offered through Value Storage, and needs to be purchased separately; see: http://www.itcs.umich.edu/backup/. There is no immediate retrieval of backed-up files. Space is available in two flavors:
– Regular Value Storage: includes disaster recovery
– Value Storage Lite: no disaster recovery
ITS wants to provide storage solutions to not only IT staff with various users, but also to researchers who may not have IT support. To order online. Please be advised that the rates for these new services are subject to final approval by the Office of Financial Analysis. There will be no charge for this service until rates are approved and no retroactive billing for the period up to the establishment of rates.
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