Archive System

Storage and storage of data for a longer period of time on magnetic tape in the robot. As a rule, the data is stored for ten years.

Who can use this service

Students No
Individual Employees Yes
Central Facilities Yes
Administrators No
  • Archive Storage - Service Description

    The archive service offers long-term storage facilities to organizational units (institutes and 'Zentrale Einrichtungen'). You can keep a subset of your data for a prolonged time span in our facilities, which are backed by magnetic tape. To increase the safety of your data every file will be stored in two copies, with each copy stored to a distinct medium. At least one copy will be stored on tape.

    Tape archival systems such as this one have highly specific use cases and traits. Therefore, please keep in mind certain requirements when storing to tape media: choose what to archive, combine many small files to bigger ones, and possibly compress or even encrypt your files. Deposit and retrieval of your data is supposed to be a manual interaction. Frequent or automated access to the archive system is not supported.

    Service-specific functional parameters

    • Access method: FTPS with TLS encryption (FTP-over-TLS)
    • Storage space per user account: Both file and byte quotas exist. They currently reflect the following pattern:
    • 500 GB (soft quota), with an option to exceed this quota for a further
      200 GB (hard quota) with a grace period of 30 days
      2000 files  (soft quota), with an option to exceed this quota for a further
      200 Dateien (hard quota) with a grace period of 30 days

    • Group accounts: Under certain circumstances, organizational units of LUH may be able to apply for group accounts with a customized quota.
    • Security: transport encryption mandatory for FTPS control and data connections
    • Data retention for 10 years
    • Supported operating systems: We do not require you to use a particular operating system. Use of the archive service is only subject to the availability of a suitable client program (FTPS client with support for FTP-over-TLS) for your operating system of choice.

How does it benefit my work?

By using the archive system, you can enjoy the benefits of magnetic tape based longterm storage:

  • LUIS ensures that data can be retrieved, even years after being deposited.
  • Currently, the time of retention for your data is at least 10 years.
  • The archive system ensures two copies are made, each to individual tape media.
  • May be used to keep data as per requirement of certain research grants.

Scope of Service

The archive service offers the following:

  • Centralised long-term data storage using magnetic tape media
  • Tape media stored in a specially hardened environment
  • Increased data safety through the use of multiple data copies
  • Retention of data for a prolonged period of time
  • Access using encrypted connections (TLS) on all front end servers


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