The University of Texas at Austin

ITS Storage Overview

Overview

ITS offers several storage solutions that can fulfill a variety of use cases. This identifies the high-level features of each to help determine which solution could best meet your needs.

Austin Disk Services

Austin Disk Services is a secure, highly available enterprise-scale file server solution available to departments and individual faculty, students, and staff.

Features

  • Connectivity via SMB (encryption in transit available via IPsec on Windows only)
  • Connectivity via WebDAV and SFTP on all operating systems
  • Approved for storage of Category I data.
  • Windows file server solution employing Active Directory-based permissions
  • Automatic backups with end-user recovery available
  • Individual storage: From 1 GB to 20 GB
  • Departmental storage: 50 GB and up

Cost

$1.50/GB per year

Recommended Uses

  • Store and share files with University users on multiple operating systems
  • Maintain a consistent user experience across Windows machines using redirected folders

Help & Support

Austin Disk Services Self Help

UTBox

UTBox is a campus-wide cloud storage solution that allows faculty, staff, and students at the University of Texas at Austin to use Box cloud-based file sharing for business and academic purposes.

Features

  • Accessible via Box Sync (Windows/Mac OS X) or web browser (all operating systems)
  • Approved for storage of Category I data
  • Cloud storage solution
  • Collaboration options available for University and non-University individuals
  • Individual storage: 150 GB
  • Departmental storage: 1 TB and up

Cost

None for students, faculty, and staff ($0.50/GB per year for departments)

Recommended Uses

  • Upload files via a web browser and quickly collaborate with users across campus or outside the University
  • Use Box Sync to synchronize important files between your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet

Help & Support

UTBox Self Help

UT Enterprise Bulk Storage (UTEBS)

UT Enterprise Bulk Storage (UTEBS) is a cost effective, reliable building block for services and applications that require large amounts of data storage. UTEBS is intended to serve departments, colleges, and research units with servers located in the University Data Center.

Features

  • Enterprise class iSCSI-based block storage
  • Requires customer server co-located in the University Data Center (UDC)
  • Storage: 1 TB and up (in 512 GB increments)

Cost

$0.40/GB per year

Recommended Uses

  • Attach large amounts of storage to servers administered by your college, department, or research unit
  • This is not recommended for UT-V VMs. (see below for recommended UT-V storage)

Help & Support

UT Enterprise Bulk Storage (UTEBS) Self Help

Virtual Servers (UT-VMG)

UT Virtual Machine Gateway (UT-VMG) provides cost-effective, reliable, self-provisioned Virtual Machines (VM) based on the VMware vSphere Virtual Infrastructure suite and vRealize Automation product. UT-VMG is intended to serve departments, colleges, and research units at The University of Texas at Austin.

Features

  • Virtual server based on the VMware vSphere infrastructure
  • Infrastructure housed in the University Data Center (UDC)
  • Customers retain responsibility for system administration of UT-V VMs
  • Storage: Tier 1 and Tier 2 storage available in 1 GB increments

Cost

$1.12/GB per year (Tier 1) or $0.17/GB per year (Tier 2), plus cost of vCPU and memory

Recommended Uses

  • Storage for departments where retaining responsibility for server administration is appropriate or required

Help & Support

UT Virtual (UT-V) Self Help

Users of these services must be aware of and adhere to the University's Campus IT Policies.

We Can Help

Get help from an expert:

* ITS Help and Service Desk

* Call us at 512-475-9400

* Submit a help request online

We also have a walk-in service in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Stop by and let us help you!