SDSC Project Storage Services

SDSC Network Storage

High Performance NFS and CIFS Storage

SDSC's Project Storage Service provides a network-based storage solution which offers CIFS/Samba and NFS to SDSC, the University of California, and partner groups. With transfer rates up to 1GB/s, Project Storage is an excellent option for interactive access and use as a traditional mounted filesystem. SDSC HPC users often choose to take advantage of Project Storage as it allows for the fastest transfer of large data to and from the supercomputers at SDSC via convenient access through standard mount points.

Project Storage users can rest assured that ample data recovery solutions protect their data. Nightly ZFS snapshot replications ensure dual-copy data durability is provided on paired storage systems. By choosing to add historical backups utilizing SDSC CommVault Services, users can perform point-in-time file recovery.

Similar to SDSC's Cloud Storage, the SDSC Project Storage environment is highly scalable, with the ability to incrementally add additional storage as needed. More detailed pricing information is available on the project storage pricing page.

Additionally, users can invest in Project Storage hardware housed in a condo function in the SDSC data center, allowing the users to trade steeper up-front fees for lower long-term costs across the lifetime of the hardware. SDSC storage engineers work directly with Project Storage Condo users to ensure that the installed storage hardware is configured to meet the demands of any given project.

SDSC Project Storage Highlights

  • High Performance Infrastructure Fault tolerant servers, network load balancing, redundant 6Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage architecture, RAID, and 10Gbps Ethernet switching provide speeds up to 1GB/s and continuous access to data.
  • Cost Efficiency and Convenience Avoid the hassles and overhead of purchasing and maintaining your own NFS and CIFS capable storage. Minimal setup time means your storage is available almost immediately, and is ready to mount on your local clients with no special configuration needed. As your storage needs grow, your allocations can easily scale to accommodate any amount of data.
  • Data Durability Replicated snapshots provide a separate, secondary copy of data, independent of the primary copy. Snapshots allow for historical backups and recovery of accidental deletion of files. End-to-end checksumming of the filesystem assures you of the long-term integrity of your data.
  • Simple and Accessible Standards-based multi-protocol export of data allows connectivity to virtually any platform. Shares are available anywhere on the UCSD campus. CIFS shares leverage campus Active Directory for authentication, enabling usage of familiar user credentials.

Getting Started

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