Data Management & Storage

Data Storage Services Provided by RITO

  • Data storage, retrieval, archival, backup, purging and planning;

  • Develop policies and procedures

  • Implement data management practices

  • Database creation and maintenance;

  • Work with investigators to follow data management policies and procedures that meet research specific regulatory requirements;

  • Work with NSRI project personnel and provide direction and support for IT related activities (data storage, data security, backup, data transmission and access);

  • Help on setting up EPIC (i.e. server with subset of data for research and academic usage);

  • Coordinate data stewardship for large research files that need to be moved from machine to machine.

Enterprise HIPAA-Compliant Storage

Each research faculty member is offered 25 GB of free storage space that is replicated automatically to a remote site. Additional storage space can be purchased at $900.00 / TB / year. This storage space is mainly geared towards data that are PHI or HIPAA compliant, but researchers can use this space for other types of data also.

Researchers are encouraged to purchase storage space in 1 TB increments. Please contact us to purchase storage space or to request the free 25 GB storage space.

Non-HIPAA Value Storage at the Holland Computing Center

The Peter Kiewit Institute's Holland Computing Center (HCC) is part of the University of Nebraska System, which we have partnered with to offer value-pricing for storage of non-HIPAA or non-PHI compliant data. The rate is $250.00 / TB / year, and includes daily backups to our Lincoln datacenter. Currently this storage option requires the use of the SFTP protocol to transfer files to HCC, meaning users must use a program like WinSCP to copy data to the storage server.

Cloud Storage

UNMC has partnered with Box for cloud storage. The RITO has a limited number of user accounts available, with accounts currently priced at $35 / month for unlimited storage of files smaller than 5 GB each. Account holders login to Box with their UNMC email address and UNMC password. As with any cloud storage solution, performance is limited to UNMC's total network bandwidth to the Internet, but this service may be ideal for those who do not require high throughput for their data storage needs.

Box account holders who wish to share their accounts with other people (such as colleagues and staff) should consult this document, which may make it feasible to share that one account with others without having to pay for additional accounts. Box account holders should be able to share their data with other Box users using the standard collaboration tools available within the Box website and mobile apps.

We recommend the Box Sync app for users who wish to have a folder on their computer automatically synchronize with Box, otherwise users can use the standard file upload/download functionality within the Box website and mobile app.

Technical Support for Data Storage

  • The storage allocation is usually done within two business days.

  • The researcher should expect occasional slow copying speeds when transferring data to HCC, especially during business hours.

  • The support for storage is available from Monday – Friday from 9:00AM – 5:00 PM by email only. There is no support on holidays.

  • Please expect additional fees when data is required to be restored from backup. 

  • If your grant is ending and your data is stored on enterprise storage, please contact us to discuss plans for sustaining or archiving your data.