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Research Computing Oak Storage

Oak is Stanford’s premier long-term data storage platform for research data. Oak is available in increments of 10TB or 250TB, priced to be competitive with cloud storage options. Start with as few as 10TB and scale up effortlessly as needed. With tight integration to world-class HPC resources like the Sherlock cluster, you can consolidate your data storage pipeline while saving time and costs. In addition, a variety of network file sharing protocols are available to meet your needs.


Use this option when you…

  • Are a researcher and need “cheap and deep” research-oriented storage on campus
  • You have an account on Sherlock, SCG or another Stanford compute cluster
  • Are comfortable using command-line tools like ssh, scp, rsync, and others
  • Need low-latency, high-throughput storage connections 
  • Want workgroup integration with the campus directory

Example Use Cases

  • Analyzing a large data set of information on a research cluster
  • Long-running analytical software is creating terabytes of ancillary files
  • Manipulating very large files on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems

Cost Considerations

  • Disk space is available in 10 and 250 TB increments
  • Charges are monthly
  • Purchase of an NFS or CIFS (SMB) service gateway is extra
  • Backups are not included
  • Off-site data replication is not included


Support is provided by Stanford Research Computing (SRC).