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Oak Storage Service

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Oak is a High-Performance Computing (HPC) storage system available to research groups and projects at Stanford for research data. Hosted by Stanford Research Computing, Oak provides affordable and scalable storage with a diversity of access methods.

→ Click here to order Oak Storage (log in with SUNet ID required)


  • Filespace - PIs/faculty rent disk space in either 10 or 250 TB increments on a month-to-month basis. Oak storage includes access to:
    → Oak’s shared SSH-based Data Transfer Nodes (DTNs), which accept scp, sftp, rsync or bbcp connections. 
    → Oak’s Globus endpoint with Data Sharing.

    Note: Storage quotas are measured in storage volume (terabytes), and the number of files (inodes) used, whichever comes first. For every 10TB of Oak storage, 1.5 million inodes are included.
  • Gateway - Optional dedicated gateway to Oak storage as a separate monthly rental. Each gateway serves a single group and a single protocol. Supported protocols are NFSv4, SMB/CIFS, SFTP and Globus.

Designed for

All Stanford University research projects and groups, but NOT for individual staff members or students.

This includes:

  • Principal investigators (PIs) with Stanford PTAs
  • Healthcare researchers, as well as researchers from the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC)

Oak is not suitable for data classified as High Risk based on the Stanford Data Risk Classifications and therefore is not a storage choice for any data that include PHI or PII.


One must be a Stanford Principal Investigator (PI) or faculty member in order to purchase the service.

The service is paid for with a Stanford PTA associated with a department, or a PI/Faculty budget or grant, and is billed monthly.

Data security

Oak is NOT HIPAA compliant and is not a storage choice for any data that includes PHI or PII.

The system is approved for storing Low and Moderate Risk data only and is not suitable for data classified as High-Risk.

For more information about data risk classifications, see the Information Security Risk Classification page.



See Oak Storage rates

Get started

To order Oak storage, please Request Access to Oak Storage Service (log in with SUNet ID required).

To purchase dedicated Oak gateways (eg. SMB or NFS), or if you have any question regarding Oak, please contact us by email at​.

You will be notified via email when your directory has been created. You will also be provided with a workgroup that will allow you to add/remove user access to the directory.

Get help

Please contact Stanford Research Computing at to get help with Oak storage.

See also

Oak storage is mounted on Sherlock and SCG clusters, which are also managed by Stanford Research Computing.

Learn more about Oak Storage on the About page

Check out frequently asked questions here


Last modified March 25, 2024