Storage Overview

HMS Data Storage Options

HMS High Performance Computing

O2 is a new platform for Linux-based high performance computing at Harvard Medical School. The name is derived from being the next generation of the HMS "Orchestra" cluster, hence "O"2. To learn more about O2 and the services provided by HMS Research Computing, please visit:

HMS Shared (Collaboration) Folders

HMS IT centralized file servers are secure and backed up nightly. Storing your personal and departmental documents on HMS servers protects them from data loss that can occur when storing files on computer hard drives. To learn more, please visit:

HMS Storage Tiers

HMS IT offers several storage tiers that allow users to store data in different places, each with different behaviors, performance, and means of access. To learn more, please visit:

HMS Dropbox

HMS IT is pleased to bring Dropbox for Business to its research community. The new offering is positioned to enable secure, supported and Harvard University sanctioned storage, sync and share. The mission is to establish sustainable use of this tool to support research and collaboration within HMS and with external collaborators. To learn more, please visit:


Paper-Based Records and Physical Media
Physical research records, including data in paper format and the supporting records that make that data intelligible can be stored at the Harvard Depository, Harvard University’s off-site storage and retrieval facility, on a fee-for-service basis. This climate-controlled, off-campus facility provides a strictly regulated media preservation environment, precise inventory-tracking controls, efficient online retrieval ordering, and dependable overnight delivery of materials requested from storage. Records sent to the depository must be prepared in compliance with Harvard University's Archives and Records Management guidelines. Common formats sent off-site are paper records, photographs, sound and audio recordings, video, and data on external drives and tapes. While at HD, these formats are maintained according to best practices for temperature and humidity control; however, data are not migrated to new formats. To learn more about sending physical records and media off-site, please contact the Archives and Records Management (ARM) program, or call (617) 432-2170.

Last Updated: 2018-09-11