Storage Overview

HMS Data Storage Options

HMS High Performance Computing


O2 is a platform for Linux-based high performance computing at Harvard Medical School. The O2 high-performance computing environment accommodates diverse software applications, databases, and workflows. The name is derived from being the next generation of the HMS "Orchestra" cluster, hence "O"2.

Find out more about O2 and the services provided by HMS Research Computing.


HMS Shared (Collaboration) Folders


Harvard Medical School's Online Storage application provides access to data stored on the IT file server. Using the Online Storage utility through eCommons will enable users to work with documents from any computer connected to the Internet as well as share files with colleagues.

Find out more about HMS IT Collaboration Folders.


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.

Find out more about HMS Storage Options.


HMS Dropbox


HMS IT is pleased to bring Dropbox for Business to its research community. Dropbox for Business offers HMS a secure way to store, sync, and share data across platforms and across the globe.

Find out more about HMS Dropbox for Business.



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: 2020-06-09