Enterprise Data Storage

Enterprise Storage (Dell Isilon) is a reliable, secure enterprise storage platform to host unstructured data, including file system data, audio, video, and business applications. Enterprise storage can lower hosting costs while providing the flexibility to handle a large variety of workloads. The Dell Isilon cluster also features built-in redundancy, scalability, and ransomware protection. Pitt IT also offers enterprise cloud storage options through Azure, Amazon and Google cloud services.

About This Service

Key Features

  • Server-less Storage: No need to host your own servers for data storage
  • Predictable Costs and Expandable Storage: Storage grows as needed and controlled through quotas; pricing based on the actual amount of data stored with no set up fees or costs associated with purchasing, hosting, and maintaining a server.
  • Ease of Use: Manage only your data, not the server that hosts it.
  • Data Risk Compliance: Two data zones: non-restricted zone is compliant up to the Private Data classification and restricted access zone is compliant up to the Restricted Data classification; Learn more about "Data Risk Classification and Compliance LINK”
  • Enhanced Security: Pitt IT implements best practices and built-in ransomware protection reducing the risk of unauthorized access, data breaches, and other security incidents.
  • Data Protection: Through data snapshots, self-service restores are available with previous versions using File Explorer
  • Data Migration Expertise: Pitt IT data migration assistance is available, if needed, to migrate current user settings and permission transfer, along with data

Getting and Using This Service

How do I access this service?

  • Blob Storage - Blob storage is optimized for storing massive amounts of unstructured data. Blob storage is scalable, and you pay only for what you use. You can choose from among three storage tiers: Hot for frequently accessed data, Cool for infrequently accessed data, and Archive for rarely accessed data.
  • Data Lake Storage - Azure Data Lake Storage is a highly scalable and cost-effective solution for big data analytics. It allows you to easily manage massive amounts of data. It is built on Azure Blob storage, but it also adds a hierarchical namespace. The hierarchical namespace organizes objects/files into a hierarchy of directories for efficient data access.
  • Azure Files - Azure Files offers fully managed file shares in the cloud that are accessible via the industry-standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. You can mount Azure file shares concurrently on cloud or on-premises deployments of Windows, Linux, and macOS. You also can cache Azure file shares on Windows Server machines by using Azure File Sync for fast access close to where the data is used.

How do I request this service?

Faculty and Staff interested in these services should submit a ticket by clicking the Request Help button on the upper right hand corner of this page. A member of the Pitt IT staff will meet with you to discuss your needs and provide a cost estimate.

Who can use this service?

Faculty, Staff


How do I get help?

Submit a ticket by clicking the Request Help button on the upper right hand corner of this page.

Request Help

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