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Data Storage at Purdue

This guide details the variety of data storage options available to faculty and graduate students at Purdue University..

Data Depot

The Data Depot is a high-capacity, fast, reliable and secure data storage service designed, configured and operated for the needs of Purdue researchers in any field and shareable with both on-campus and off-campus collaborators. Depot does not require HPC allocations but data on Depot can be mounted on all campus clusters if desired.  Find out more at

Data Depot Facets

Platform File system
Primary Use Storage and services, including data transfer, file structure, and tools. Group oriented.
Who Owns the Data Purdue/Research group lead faculty.
Commercial Entity No
Design Target (its goals) Optimized for data transfer, volume, and reliability on HPC systems and beyond.
Price 100 GB free trial option; Purchase in TB increments, currently $ 75 per TB per year
Available storage No upper limit; Total storage capacity: 2.25 PB.
Privacy Data Depot + community clusters have been used by research covered by EAR.
Accessible from HPC systems Depot is mounted directly on HPC clusters using GPFS.   Data to and from Depot can use Globus for transfer. Personal and lab computers on campus can also transfer files with SCP/SFTP, CIFS, NFS from anywhere.
Back-ups Replicated across campus. Nightly snapshots to protect against accidental deletion.
Data retention Data is not purged.
Shared account/support for collaboration Set up to allow research lab wide access. Files/directories can be shared with collaborators.
Permissions Can be set based on Project Team’s preferences.
Access after you leave Purdue Lose access, but data is retained as long as a Purdue affiliated person is the project manager.
Data management plan None.
Publication of datasets No
Assigns DOIs No
Preserve datasets No purging. Not a preservation archive.
Trusted repository No
Metadata No
Dataset preview and edit from the platform An app accessible from home directory.
Data security Secured through Purdue authentication. Campus firewall.
Treatment of sensitive data

FERPA data allowed. Human subjects data allowed with IRB approved text.