Storage solutions

When deciding on what type of storage solution you will use, you will need to think about several things, such as how much storage you need, what your budget is for storage, what platform you are using, and whether you have data security issues. 

Stanford's IT Services has an easy-to-use table of storage solutions that are available on campus. Some of these options are described briefly below. Click on the links to get more detailed information.

  1. AFS (Andrew File System): Everyone at Stanford has access to the AFS network automatically, and additional storage space can be requested.
  2. Individual & Group File Storage: A fee-based service available to faculty, staff, and departments that allows for individuals and groups to share files across intranets and the Internet. Provides authenticated access and customizable data quotas. Not available for Linux systems.
  3. Online Archive Storage: A safe, secure, long-term storage service for files that are rarely accessed. Designed for minimal features and maximum space, and requires commitment to at least one-year of the fee-based service. Billed to your departments monthly IT bill.
  4. Custom (Research): ITS also offers fee-based custom storage solutions. 
  5. Google Drive: A cloud-based storage solution offered free for current faculty, students, and staff that syncs files between your computer and the web and allows for real-time online editing.
  6. Box: A cloud-based storage solution offered free for current faculty, students, and staff that syncs files between your computer and the web and tracks versions of files.
    > A comparison of the features of Google Drive and Box can be found here.
  7. Amazon S3: This service is not currently provided through Stanford, but you can purchase services on your own. A cloud-based storage solution that allows for objects up to 5TB. Free tier up to 5GB and multiple fee-based tiers available. May be useful if you are also using Amazon cloud services for data analysis. Note that there are additional fees for transferring data back OUT of Amazon S3, and that these are typically greater than charges for uploading or storing the data. Because of that, this service may not be good for you if you are interested in frequent retrieval of your stored information.

Details about rates for fee-based services at ITS can be found here.