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Research Data Management

Storage and Backup

Information Solutions and Services at NUI Galway provides advice and services related to storing and securing your data. See below for details.

On-site storage

50 TB which is dedicated to research and is only available on the NUIG network though remote access is possible

  • No restrictions on filenames or sizes
  • Data is not encrypted by default
  • Fast - suitable for use with high velocity/realtime data
  • Backed up nightly by ISS
  • Can limit access to certain NUIG users only

OneDrive for Business

  • Accessible anywhere on multiple devices
  • Access controlled by the data owner with strong file sharing capabilities
  • Transparent synchronisation across PCs
  • 1TB initial storage, unlimited on request
  • Max filesize is 10GB
  • Some restrictions on filenames
  • Data encrypted in transit and at rest
  • Data is stored in EU
  • Strong development roadmap from Microsoft

Compute/Analysis options

  • ISS also offer a Research VM cluster
    • 2 HP Gen 9 blades
  • Windows or Linux VMs available
    • Researcher installs applications and manages the VM
  • VMs backed up nightly
  • PowerBI is also available as part of your standard Office 365 subscription


Both on-site and cloud (ODfB) storage options can be used for Research data

  • ODfB offers more features and flexability
  • On-site is faster, potentially safer and has better backup options


Your PC is not backed up by default!

See also the following pages on the ISS website Server and Storage ProvisioningIT Security and ICT Policies

Online IT security awareness training available on Blackboard

UK Data Service guidelines on Data Storage including guidance on how to store sensitive or confidential data.

DCC (Digital Curation Centre) guide on Where to Keep Research Data