Research File Storage




Research File Storage (ResFS) provides easily accessible file sharing services to KU research projects, research groups and service labs. Any tenure track faculty member, designated research center, department or principal investigator on a research grant can purchase ResFS storage. Stored data is accessible within the KU network or remotely via the KU Anywhere virtual private network (VPN).


The ResFS platform is able to house all major research data types (see the KU Data Classification Policy) including:

  • HIPAA / Personal Health Information (PHI)


ResFS is protected by a RAID system. Data that is inadvertently deleted or otherwise lost can be recovered through self-service snapshots. A Snapshot is a 'frozen,' read-only view of a volume that provides easy access to previous versions of files and directories for up to 30 days.

To recover data, follow our Knowledge Base articles for PC or Mac. ResFS data is also mirrored in the KUMC datacenter for major disaster recovery purposes only.


The Research File Storage service is housed at the Price Computing Center and is built on the IBM Spectrum Scale for ESS platform, with redundant NAS heads, and redundant 100Gbps network connections to KU Lawrence Network backbone, KU’s Science DMZ, and KU Med Center Network.

The current usable capacity of Research File Storage is 1.2PB. Key features of the service include Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFSv4) support, a Global Name Space, and authentication for Windows, Linux and MacOS from KU’s Lawrence campus Microsoft Active Directory. GLOBUS data transfer access will be available in Late 2019. Stored data is accessible within the KU network or remotely via the KU Anywhere virtual private network (VPN



The Office of Research subsidizes ResFS, lowering the cost for researchers, faculty, departments, research projects and principal investigators.

  • No cost for the first 1TB.
  • 1TB – 15TB: Additional storage up to 15TB may be requested at no charge if required for a research project.
  • Over 15TB: Additional storage over 15TB may be purchased at $50 per TB per year (purchased in 1 TB increments).

Please direct any questions related to pricing verification or capacity to the KU IT Customer Service Center at 785-864-8080 or


For a new storage allotment, please complete the Research File Storage Request Form in ServiceNow.

For for an increase in your current storage allotment, please complete the ServiceNow Research File Storage Increase Request Form.


Contact your IT Support Staff for support, or the IT Customer Service Center at 785-864-8080 or


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Research File Storage