The University provides storage where researchers can keep their data relating to their current research This is your "Research Drive" or X files . This is available to all Research Postgraduates and all Research staff.
Forms are available for several different options, e.g., setting up a shared project folder from within Unidesk Self Service.
The research drive consists of physical data storage, which is automatically mapped on University owned (domain) Windows desktop PCs and laptops to the X: drive. Users of Macs, or non-domain Windows PCs, will have to map their Research Drive to smb://researchfiles/research.
This storage is located on a server called \\researchfiles which has a top level folder called research. It is this top level folder that the X: drive is mapped to for users. X: drive should only be used to store data that is relevant to registered research projects. There are several storage alternatives for all other categories of data.
For each researcher a personal folder is automatically created within \\researchfiles\research
Like the users’ home folders this will be named with their University user ID, e.g., ljh1 and will be accessible only to them. Users cannot see any folders within the X: drive that they are not permitted to access. Therefore the default, when they open the X: drive in Windows Explorer, is that they are in the research folder and can see only one subfolder which is their own, identified by their user ID.
Research drive is a hybrid, local/cloud, storage solution from Microsoft called StorSimple.
This consists of a storage device located in a secure data centre on the Stirling campus which is linked to unlimited cloud storage hosted in Microsoft data centres in Dublin and Amsterdam (with real-time replication of data between the two).
Data is initially written to the local storage device but moved transparently to the cloud based on frequency of access by the users.
Data is encrypted at rest on both local and cloud storage, and at all times whist in transit. Only the University have access to the encryption keys. Microsoft are responsible for ensuring that the data in their data centres is always available.
Backup of the local device is done by the University. Snapshots are taken every evening to cloud storage in Microsoft Azure. Daily snapshots are retained for 28 days and weekly snapshots are retained for 26 weeks.