Research Data Storage Facility

The University Research Data Storage Facility (RDSF) is available to researchers from all disciplines, to store their research data securely over the long term.

The RDSF (Research Data Storage Facility) is designed for the secure storage of your University Research data in the medium to long-term.
Each Principal Investigator / academic data steward at the University of Bristol currently receives 5 Terabytes (TB) of allocated storage on the RDSF to use across your multiple RDSF research projects.

There is a charge for RDSF storage needs above the 5TB university funded allocation.

The cost for each additional Terabyte of storage is £95.22 per year, this annual charge is only applied within the lifetime of your research project.  We ask that you create an individual RDSF project for each research project.

The £95.22 is a TRAC (Transparent Approach to Costing) rate which is available to add to your grant applications in the Research Facilities area of Worktribe

Where is the Research Data Storage Facility?
The RDSF is a set of disks and servers housed in two separate data centres on the University of Bristol campus, with regular back ups to tape storage both on and off site. 
You can access your RDSF data from Windows, Mac or Linux.
The ACRC's  HPC (High Performance Computing) systems also include the ability to keep your research data while it is needed for computation, but this data storage is not backed up and so we recommend you use the RDSF to keep a secure copy of research data which you cannot easily recreate. 
For information about other data storage options at the University please see the main IT services pages about all the University filestores available to researchers.





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