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Electronic File Storage, Year in Review 2016

Electronic File Storage Project Completed

  • In February 2016, the Electonic File Storage Project became the first OneIT project to complete the scope of its work.
  • Storage will continue to be an important area of concentration for the OneIT community as more units adopt the central service offerings.

Utilization of Central File Storage Increased

  • The project addressed service gaps, met greater demand for storage, and made storage more affordable by migrating files and data from duplicative services to central services. 
  • Multiple departmental home drives and file shares were migrated to the Files@Iowa central service.

Storage Costs Reduced for Customers

Decreased price of Files@Iowa service from $3/GB/yr to $1/GB/yr; Decreased price of Large Scale Storage (LSS) from $60/TB/yr to $40/TB/yr; increased centrally funded Research Data Storage from 3 TB to 5 TB

Electronic File Storage Project Aids Research

John Prineas, Professor of Physics & Astronomy
In assessing UI research data storage, the OneIT storage project team determined faculty would benefit from access to more free storage—five terabytes, rather than three. Having data stored in a central location makes it easier for researchers like John Prineas, a physics and astronomy professor, to access and analyze information.

Use of Central File Storage Service Allows IT Staff to Reinvest Time in Unit-Specific Needs

Mary De La Garza, Systems Administration Director, Office of the State Archaeologist
In addition to saving the Office of the State Archaeologist money, moving to central file storage services has freed up IT staff time to focus on unique needs of the unit.

For instance, the time OSA System Administration Director Mary de la Garza used to spend on data management has shifted to her other duties—like developing specialized applications for archaeological research.