Storage: Project (NFS)

What is Project Storage?

The SDSC Research Data Services team offers Network File System storage to campus users, members of the UC community, and UC affiliates. Project Storage is often combined with the compute services at SDSC because of its ease of mounting and high connection speed, making it the preferred storage choice of many researchers who work with Big Data.

There are two types of Project Storage:

Hotel: Reserve space on one of several open storage nodes. Monthly fees are assessed by the amount of allocated storage.

Condo: Invest in the Project Storage hardware and place it in the SDSC datacenter. The SDSC storage team provides hardware recommendations, setup, and continual maintenance. Monthly fees cover maintenance and datacenter use. Overall, condo requires more funding up front but results in significantly lower total cost over the course of its five-year lifespan. Send an email to for more information.

How Much Does Project Storage Cost?

ServiceUnitUC RateExternal Rate

Project Storage - Hotel
NFS or CIFS/SMB share on a multi-tenant system. 1 TB minimum; 1 TB increments


Project Storage - Condo 
Dedicated storage unit. Provides between ~120 TB to ~260 TB of usable space; please contact for additional initial hardware investment cost estimate.


Recharge rates are subject to change with approval from the UC San Diego Recharge Rate Committee. IDC is exempt for UC San Diego users of SDSC Cloud, effective October 10, 2017.When developing budgets for new research proposals, if the eligible cloud computing services are associated with the extramurally funded research, please include these costs in the modifications made to calculate the modified total direct costs (MTDC) so that IDC costs are not added to the proposed budget. Read more about MTDC. Please see for more details.

How Do I Get Project Storage?

Send a request to the SDSC Research Data Services team at