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File Storage

In September 2024, rates will change for several technology services provided by University IT. View proposed FY25 rate changes.

The File Storage service uses the CIFS (Common Internet File System) or NFS (Network File System) protocols to provide access to centralized shared files. Access is provided through the Stanford Network, which can be extended out of the Stanford Campus via the use of the Stanford VPN service.

The File Storage service enables collaboration and is a good way to have secure and shareable file storage for groups and departments.

The File Storage service can be  used on data for safe and secure long-term storage of large, rarely accessed data sets.



  • Security: Provides authenticated access to named file shares.
  • Access: The data is accessible from multiple client operating system platforms.
  • Data Integrity: Supports the typical set of file operations: open, close, read, write, and seek.
  • Physical Security: The data is stored on Storage platforms located in the secure enterprise data center facility.
  • Reliability: The data is stored in redundant hardware.
  • Recoverability: Point-in-time snapshots are taken of the data several times a day.
  • Data is protected and virus scanned while stored on center storage servers.
  • Supported protocol: CIFS/Windows (SMBv2+), and NFS.
  • Multiprotocol configuration is available.  Contact the Enterprise Technology Storage Team for details.   
  • Data is encrypted at rest.
  • Data in transit can be encrypted (via SMBv3 and/or VPN).
  • Provides an option for groups of staff, faculty and departments to have shared file storage.
  • Secondary data copy (Mirror or Backup) to secondary storage or to cloud available.

Designed for

Current faculty and staff; departments and organizations.


Service subscription required.

Data security


File Storage.

Get started

Your Department Contact can order File Storage via OrderIT. File Storage is available to faculty and staff by subscription and is charged monthly to your department’s University IT billing statement.

Get help

For assistance, please submit a Help request. Tickets are assigned and responded to per SLA escalation guidelines.

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See also

Document Management

Last modified April 12, 2023