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18. 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 ZFS or Btrfs snapshots
See also: How do I use an Apple AirPort Time Capsule?
See also: What is the BMC-IT computer platform and how does it work?
See also: What about the GDPR?

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)

In general order by contacting IT-division or contact if your department is already using the service.

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 similar setup using the same concept on your own if you want to.

Order by contacting BMC-IT at

RBL-IT EMC Isilon file server (Argos)


(The KRT-value 332 requires Gold-level.)

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

For ordering please contact RBL-IT with this information:

Connect use Windows: \\\MyGroups$

Connect use Mac OSX: smb://$



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



SUNET Box is not a normal file server but rather a cloud service that can be used for storage. Be aware of that safe to store some personal data but not sensitive data. Read more about SUNET Box.


This entry storage was last modified 2019-07-10


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