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Research Data storage

The demands of data-intensive research represent a challenge for diverse scientific communities. Today, some areas of science are facing hundred- to thousand-fold increases in data volumes, from satellites, telescopes, microscopes, high-throughput instruments, sensor networks, accelerators and supercomputers, compared to the volumes generated only a decade ago. Other research fields also face major data management challenges. In almost every laboratory, ‘born digital’ data proliferate in files, spreadsheets or databases stored on hard drives, digital notebooks, websites, blogs and wikis. The management, curation and archiving of these digital data are becoming increasingly burdensome for research scientists.

UCT eResearch solution

To assist researchers at UCT we have established the infrastructure to provide huge pools of research data storage at a hugely discounted price. The data is stored on Dell MD3060 storage arrays, hosted in the highly secure Upper Campus Data Centre. A copy of the data is replicated to UCT storage array in the Neotel (Liquid Telecom) data centre in Diep River, Cape Town. Secure access to your data is provided via your UCT credentials and you have access to your data from anywhere in the world.

Data storage costs

See Service and Infrastructure Costs page to cost your data storage requirements.

Our data storage architecture

UCT eResearch do provide secure data storage for researchers.  Our Research data and server infrastructure are stored in a secure, biometric controlled data centre on Upper Campus (UCDC).  The data centre has redundant power feeds from separate distribution boards, supported by redundant UPS power.  Secure access to the data centres is via biometric control and only to designated ICTS personnel.  The data is replicated once a week for disaster recovery purposes to our storage array in a secure data centre in an off-site location.  The storage allocation can be easily be extended as required. 

The data are stored on Dell MD3060 storage arrays hosted in the highly secured Upper Campus Data Centre.  A copy of the data is replicated to UCT storage array in the Liquid Telecom data centre in Cape Town.  Secure access to your data is provided via the UCT VPN using your UCT credentials and you have access to your data from anywhere in the world. Securing your data is very important and therefore only users that you specify will have access to your data.

UCT research data storage

 

How to request access to UCT Research Data storage platform

Log a call for research data storage on ServiceNow request or send us an email.

Benefits of using the central UCT Research Data Store

  • Highly available and fully redundant storage architecture
  • The storage and server infrastructure are supported and maintained by highly qualified ICTS Systems Engineers
  • Your data is stored in highly secured, biometrically controlled data centres
  • Huge volumes available from GB to several TB
  • Secure access via UCT credentials
  • Data accessible via multiple devices
  • Data accessible securely from anywhere in the world
  • Data can be shared between individuals and groups of users
  • Data can be transferred via multiple software tools
  • Accessible on Windows, Linux or Apple Mac computers
  • Data accessible via standard file tools as well as the web

Commercial Cloud Storage Options

UCT has subscriptions to these commercial Cloud storage platforms:

 

 

Microsoft OneDrive

Google G Drive

URL

https://onedrive.com

https://drive.google.com

Access

Use UCT credentials

Use UCT credentials

Cost

Free to UCT staff & students

Free to UCT staff & students

Quota

1 TB

1 TB

If you need > 1TB of storage

Please use UCT's Research Data Storage platform (1TB - 100's TB)

Please use UCT's Research Data Storage platform (1TB - 100's TB)

Backups

No Backups

No Backups

Deleted Files

Goes into Recycle bin for 93 days

Goes into Trash bin for 60 days

Where is data located

Dublin Ireland - will be migrated to data centres in South Africa in near future

Data is hosted in Google data centres in the USA

Medical /PII data

Not recommended for storing Medical or Personally identifiable information (PII).

Not for POPIA/GDPR-sensitive data, e.g. human subjects

Not recommended for storing Medical or Personally identifiable information (PII).

Not for POPIA/GDPR-sensitive data, e.g. human subjects

If you need secure storage for Medical /PII data

Please use UCT's Research Data Storage platform, which offers highly available, secure on premise data storage.  The platform includes daily backup and as well as disaster recovery.  Access to your data is available via UCT credentials from anywhere in the world.

Please use UCT's Research Data Storage platform, which offers highly available, secure on premise data storage.  The platform includes daily backup and as well as disaster recovery.  Access to your data is available via UCT credentials from anywhere in the world.

 

 *UCT does not back up the information on either the Google or the Microsoft solutions.

**UCT does not have subscriptions to other cloud platforms such as DropBox, Box, Amazon Drive, etc.

 

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