Using Research Archival Storage

There are two primary ways to use Research Archival Storage:

Moving data to and from the RAS via Globus

Globus is the preferred way to move data betweeh the RAS and any system, on or off-campus.  Globus works similarly to FTP, but is more reliable and includes features to ease transfer or large amounts of data that may take a long time.  A Globus Account and the Globus Client App are required on any system that you wish to move data to or from.

Refer to our Globus documentation for information about how to setup Glbous and transfer data.

Moving data between Spear or HPC and RAS

You can use SCP or SFTP on the command-line to transfer data between our computing platforms (HPC or Spear) and the RAS.  This allows you to easily move data around our various computing and storage systems.

# Copy a file from HPC or Spear to RAS using SCP
[user@hpc-login] $ scp some-local.file

The SCP command is highly scriptable and can be used to automate data transfer to/from the RAS as part of a normal job processing workflow.

NOTE: Users are not allowed to login to via the terminal (SSH). Only SFTP/SCP are available.  If you need additional access, please contact RCC support.

Viewing data on the RAS

You can use SFTP to browse the file system on the RAS:

[user@hpc-login] $ sftp archival
Warning: Permanently added 'archival,' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
Connected to archival.
sftp > ls /my-volume

Backup Disclaimer

We do not provide backups for data on the Research Archival Storage system.  The RAS is a robust enterprise-grade storage system with multiple redundancies and a very high level of reliability.  However, as with any system, errors can orccur.  We do not provide any guarantees or warranty for any data stored on this system.  We advise researchers to bear this in mind when planning for data storage needs.