HMS Storage Options

General Information:  

  • Research involves increasingly complex arrangements for the storage and dissemination of research data. Proper storage maintenance throughout the research data lifecycle is imperative, to ensure data remains secure and adheres to recommended safety protocols. 
  • In recent years, HMS has undertaken a broad effort in research data management offerings. Establishing, reviewing, and following data storage plans for research data can substantially reduce the amount of storage a lab requires – for example, by building workflows that remove excess intermediate files and organizing storage to avoid redundancy.  
  • The HMS Research Data Management team works directly with researchers to aid in the management of their data throughout the various stages of the data lifecycle. Early and attentive management at each step of the data lifecycle will ensure the discoverability and longevity of your research. 
  • HMS offers several storage options that allow users to store data in different places, each with distinct behaviors, performance, and means of access. 
  • Institutions across the Longwood Medical Area maintain various storage solutions, so it is important to compare and select the best storage offering for your intended research. The storage options listed here center on HMS resources, so eligibility requirements may apply.  
  • All of the tools and dashboards maintained by HMS IT display storage amounts in tebibytes (TiB). Standard convention is to refer to the storage amount as terabytes (TB). While the storage amounts have not changed, HMS IT will be modifying its language to more accurately reflect the true storage amounts being showcased by our tools. 
  • Snapshots: Deleted data can be recovered from snapshots within 60 days of the last weekly snapshot taken prior to the deletion. Snapshots are taken on a weekly basis, along with daily snapshots retained for 14 days. 
  • To learn more about best practices and support services for research data lifecycles, please visit the Harvard Biomedical Data Management website or contact the HMS Research Data Manager at
Storage offerings table