HMS Data Storage

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Active: Compute (O2)

Intended for active research data that is frequently accessed, modified, or computed against, Active: Compute (O2) is a platform for Linux-based high performance computing at Harvard Medical School. The O2 high-performance computing environment can accommodate diverse software applications, databases, and workflows.

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

Active: Collaboration (research.files)

Designed for active research data that is frequently accessed, or modified against, Active: Collaboration allows individuals to share documents and files with colleagues, both within and outside of your department.

Find out more about HMS Active: Collaboration Folders


Developed for infrequently accessed data, that is directly available for reference, retrieval, or analysis.   Standby storage can also operate as an intermediary location, to organize and prepare research data for long-term retention, as required. 

Find out more about HMS Standby


A low-cost data storage service intended for long-term storage of inactive research data, such as after project completion, that must be retained to meet data retention requirements.

Find out more about HMS Cold Storage


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.