Data Storage Services and Systems - Descriptions, Pricing, Availability

ECE ITS manages various types of data storage facilities, systems, and services for exclusive use by clients and partners within the College of Engineering and CMU-proper.


Offering NameDescriptionEligibilityPriceDetails
Standard object storage

Object-based storage


ECE Research Faculty$2.00 / TB / mo.
  • Minimum quantity 1 TB
  • Hosted on CEPH
  • HDD hardware
  • Basic data safety (fault tolerant with disaster recovery)
  • 1 month short-term archiving
  • 10Gbps network fabric within the ECE ITS data center environment
Ceph standard storageObject or block storage presented from AFS or hosted virtual machineCoE Research Faculty with hosted project computing$8.00 / TB / mo
  • Includes features of standard object storage
  • Increased data safety and availability
Enterprise block storageiSCSI storage target presented from AFS or hosted virtual machineCoE Research Faculty with hosted project computing$230.00 / TB / yr
  • Hosted on enterprise-class storage area network (SAN) with redundant controllers; multi-path I/O; large SSD cache with auto-tiering for hot data blocks
  • Full fault tolerance with high availability
  • Disaster recovery
  • Eligible for long-term archiving (additional service and fee)
  • Minimum quantity 1 TB
  • Minimum term 1 yr
Long-term tape archivalTape backup system using LTO mediumAny ECE data storage service hosted in the ITS data centers$30.00 / TB / mo (**does not include recovery labor charge)
  • Fully redundant daily backup to HDD for near-line recovery
  • 24hr recovery point objective (RPO) within the current month; 1 mo RPO within the past 10yrs
  • Monthly push to LTO tape
  • Tapes stored off-site
  • 10yr maximum archival period
Tape archival retrievalTape archive data retrieval serviceData stored on the ECE ITS tape archival system$125.00 / hr
  • Typical labor time for retrieval is 1-2 hours
  • 2 week recovery time objective (RTO)
Research computing HOME directoryAFS located storage for HOME profile and dataClients who subscribe to ECE ITS monthly serviceIncluded with monthly service fee
Project directoryAFS located storage for group project dataClients who subscribe to ECE ITS monthly serviceIncluded with monthly service fee