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11. We need more storage! Do you have a file server we can use?

See also: How do the different types of storage compare to each other?
See also: How do I mount my home directory or shared storage at HNAS?
See also: How do I map a network drive via SMB on Windows?
See also: What is the cost of a PC file server?
See also: Backing up via Rsync to Btrfs snapshots
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See also: What is the BMC-IT computer platform and how does it work?
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UUIT HDS NAS file server (HNAS)


The university has a common file server service run by IT-division running Hitachi NAS called file area (filarea)

  • Highly available and high performance
  • Good for home directories
  • Good for shared documents both small and large
  • Accessible via SMB (Compatible with macOS, Linux/Ubuntu and Windows as a network drive)
  • Offline-backup using TSM.
  • 7000 SEK/TB/year (2018-02-20)

Order by contacting IT-division. Different department and groups at BMC have different policies regarding how to share the costs, so we recommend you to contact to discuss how to best proceed rather than directly contacting IT-division.

BMC-IT PC file server (PCFS)


The PC file server storage service is a cost-efficient storage solution for mostly high volume archive data. It is built of commodity PC hardware (which means the hardware can be replaced with equipment from other vendors) and open source software (no hidden costs or support agreements). This gives us freedom and a low price but it also means that we are on our own.

The concept is from around 2010 where it was used for two departments. The service was originally built in 2016 for users at BMC who do not have to own their storage but since it is self-sustained it may be used by everyone at the university.

The setup is fully documented in SOP - Install PC file server, SOP - Common service PC file server and SOP - Rsync backup to Btrfs snapshots. This means you can set up a very similiar setup using the same concept on your own if you want to.

  • Storage size in steps of 16 TB. Each share is either 16 or 32 TB. Each share is using dedicated drives.
  • Not highly available. (There is no automatic failover.)
  • Good for archive storage of large documents like sequencing data, high-resolution images, and large movies.
  • Snapshots are taken every hour. Hourly snapshots are saved for two days, daily snapshots for two weeks and weekly snapshots for two months. Monthly snapshots are removed on request.
  • Accessible via SMB (Compatible with macOS, Linux/Ubuntu (also via smbclient) and Windows as a network drive)
  • Optional access via Rsync (Using Restricted Rsync) and SFTP.
  • Do not use for home directories.
  • Rsync replication from primary server to snapshots on secondary server every night.
  • Support and service is best effort during office hours. This means that if the primary server goes down during a weekend or vacation you may have to wait until the weekend or holiday is over until work can begin on resolving the problems.
  • 1200 SEK/TB/year (2018-02-22)
  • The price is planned to be lowered in steps of around 10% every year starting in 2019.

Order by contacting BMC-IT at

RBL-IT EMC Isilon file server (Argos)


Everyone at the university may use the Rudbeck-IT file servers running EMC Isilon. Technical Specifications Guide - Dell EMC Isilon OneFS and IsilonSD Edge.

  • Highly available and high performance
  • Storage size from 50 GB up to 128 GB, 258 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB, 2 TB and then in steps of 1 TB.
  • Accessible via SMB (Compatible with macOS, Linux/Ubuntu and Windows as a network drive)
  • The service is provided with four different levels of protection (2018-02-22):
    • Iron 1995 SEK/TB/year (base level includes server redundancy and disk parity)
    • Bronze 2995 SEK/TB/year (base level plus replication to secondary site)
    • Silver 3995 SEK/TB/year (base level plus offline-backup)
    • Gold 4995 SEK/TB/year (base level plus replication and offline-backup)
  • Monthly billing.
  • Snapshots on primary site up to 29 days and on secondary site up to 188 days
  • Offline-backup using TSM where inactive files (deleted or changed) are saved the default 300 days.

For ordering please contact RBL-IT with this information:

  • Storage level of protection (Iron / Bronze / Silver / Gold)
  • Name of folder (A-Z a-z 0-9 _) Example TLA_Foldername
  • Owner (username)
  • Reference code (for the economy system like 123ABC)
  • Project code (optional) Example: Research group name
  • Who to access the storage - usernames or Akka-groups. Example: AKKA - X44_123

Connect use Windows: \\\MyGroups$

Connect use Mac OSX: smb://$

Research Storage


As far as we know the research storage is an expansion of the existing storage at EPI/UADM but now available for all research users at the university.

Read the invite for testing the system in the in the document Inbjudan att testa lösningen för central lagring för forskningens ändamål UFV 2017/1843.

  • Free, up to 100 GB per researcher and maximum file size 10 GB
  • Access via WebDav
  • Use OneDrive for Business on-premise



Uppmax has storage which is free if you have applied and been granted resources. Please go to to figure out what UPPMAX can do for you.


This entry storage was last modified 2018-03-13


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