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Comparison matrix


Research Data StoreResearch File Share

Research Cold Store

Accessible from UIS HPC service
Accessible for CUDN
Offsite back-up for disaster recovery


Recovery point objective N/A 1 hour 24 hours
Failover to secondary data centre
Number of data copies 1 2 2
Restore window N/A Up to 1 month Up to 24 hours
Additional data protection
Remote access protocols SFTP, RSYNC SMB SFTP, RSYNC
Minimum purchase 2TB 2TB 5TB
Licences available 1, 3 and 5 years 1, 3 and 5 years 1, 3 and 5 years


Typical use case

Research Data Store Large active data sets, frequent access – for example, data processing on HPC.
Research File Share High-value data sets that require extra protection and are accessed frequently.
Research Cold Store Data that requires infrequent read access with a long recovery time objective can be stored on RCS more cost-effectively.