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UIT File Storage

File sharing is available using CIFS and NFS protocols; it's intended to be accessed by desktop and laptop computers. This includes low and moderate risk data. Off-campus connections are provided via Stanford VPN. Data is scanned for viruses while stored on campus.


  • Accessible from windows, macOS, linux computers 
  • Integrated with windows Active Directory
  • Off-campus connections are provided via Stanford VPN
  • Snapshot available for quick file recovery
  • No data limits on upload and downloads
  • Quota can be set for users, group, or storage tree
  • Optional data is scanning for viruses while stored on campus
  • Optional DR/BC, backup and archive to a different data center or to cloud (additional cost)


Use this option when you…

  • Want a traditional point-and-click user experience with a server icon on the desktop
  • Want to only use software that's included with your operating system to connect to a server
  • No additional software needed to support native application (e.g. Microsoft Office, Mac Apps, etc.)
  • Users must have a SUNET ID.

Example Use Cases

  • File sharing on computers or servers
  • Sharing files among workgroup or department/schools
  • Replacement for department file servers

Cost Considerations

  • Charges are monthly and based on allocation
  • Snapshots are free but contribute to usage
  • Off-site data replication and traditional backups are optional service (additional cost)


  • Network storage support is provided by the University IT Storage team (or your department IT)