Data Storage and Backup
Research user’s data is usually stored in their home directories, which are hosted by the Stern IT department. Home directory storage is limited in size, but very reliable and backed up every hour. It is best used for storing program files, web pages and small data sets. Home directories are accessible from all the SCRC servers, as well as IT servers, web servers etc.
Larger data sets can be stored in the Stern Center for Research Computing where we have capabilities for very large data sets. We typically provide a link from the users home directory to the folder (bighomes) that contains the data, so that everything is reachable from the user’s home directory. The data in these directories is only accessible from the SCRC servers.
Data sets like this are backed up, but much less frequently than home directories, typically once a week.
We are planning, but do not yet offer, an archiving facility, so that faculty can be assured that their data is backed up.