Isilon – new pricing for the university’s file sharing and storage serviceMimi Cohen Dell | Office of Information Technology Sep 27, 2019
At the CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides faculty, staff and students with a variety of data sharing and file storage services. “Our ongoing goals are to provide storage that is compliant, secure, highly available, reliable and meets regulations pertaining to business continuity practices,” explains Russ Poole, associate vice chancellor and chief information officer.”
OIT now has a new pricing structure for our Isilon storage service which has significantly lowered the cost of storage options. The team has been able to remove the previous $10 per person / per month charges for the first four gigabytes (GB) and establish a flat pricing model of two and a half cents (0.025) / per GB / per month.
Storing data in Isilon protects the privacy and security of your digital information. The storage unit is approved by the security and compliance team for use, meets certain HIPAA and FERPA requirements that govern data integrity and is safeguarded by multi-layer firewall, intrusion, ransomware and anti-virus protections.
Something this big actually looks pretty small
This massive file storage solution can be grown to hold 50 petabytes of data, is fully redundant and loaded with large hard drives but is relatively dense in size for its capacity. The intent of Isilon is primarily for storing data only; it is not designed for high speed computing. (OIT offers other storage services for high-performance needs and analytics.) Isilon is a geographically dispersed storage option – there is a unit located on the Anschutz Medical Campus and a second unit housed in Colorado Springs. OIT partnered with the UCCS OIT team, who is hosting the data center space, so there is mirror image data of both arrays and the data is backed up.
Isilon is designed to be a modular, scalable system built with building blocks called nodes. “Each node contains storage, processing power, memory and network components. As you grow the storage of the Isilon system, it grows in its capacity to handle multiple simultaneous requests, network bandwidth and more storage,” Jason Braddy, senior systems administrator, told members of the information technology community from both campuses at a recent meeting.
Ready to move your university data storage to Isilon?
Contact the OIT service desk for more information or to request access for file storage in Isilon. The Computing Infrastructure team will set up your account and provide the resources you need to get started!