File Hosting

File Server Hosting allows your UF organization to lease fully managed file server resources (accessible via SMB or NFS) from within UFIT's existing infrastructure. This will allow your project to succeed without the worry of purchasing and maintaining hardware resources or administering servers. Your file server will live in UF's private file server cloud which includes NAS appliance failover across multiple physical locations to prevent downtime due to hardware failure or maintenance.

UFIT Provides

UFIT will provide all compute and network hardware and infrastructure for the file server appliance. UFIT will provision your file space and will work with your IT staff to assign administrative privileges and permit access via network ACLs and file system permissions.

Customer Provides

You will be responsible for assigning one or more members of your IT team to fulfill the role of file share administrator. This administrator will be responsible for configuring and maintaining snapshot behavior as well as file system privileges. The customer's IT staff is also responsible for managing drive mappings and other client-side configuration for users.

File Server Menu

Features Basic Tier Capacity Tier Performance Tier
Min/Max Requested Size (without approval) 1TB/20TB 1TB/10TB 250GB/10TB
RAID Protection Yes Yes Yes
Mirroring No No No
High Availability Single Site Single Site Single Site
Snapshots (more info) Yes Yes Yes
Snapshot Schedule Limited Multiple Multiple
Nested Shares No Yes Yes
Nested Quotas No Yes Yes
Access Protocol File (SMB) File (SMB, NFS) File (SMB, NFS)
Encrypted at Rest Yes No No
Average IOPS Per TB ~5 ~15 ~100
Backup Service Available No Yes Yes
Archive Service Available NA Yes Yes

For more information about the terms used see terms.

Snapshot Schedule Options
Limited: 1D/7D Once daily retained for 7 days.
Multiple The snapshot options can be tierd based on customer requirements.
Default: 1D/14D Once daily, retained for 14 days.
1H/24H Every hour, retained for 24 hours.
4H/5D Every four hours, retained for 5 days.
1D/14D Every day, retained for 14 days.
1W/6W Every week, retained for 6 weeks.
1M/6M Every month, retained for 6 months. [ every 30 days, retained for 200 days ].

Used Terms Definitions

Term Definition/Use Cases
Performance Tier Mission Critical - Application requires high IOPS and high level of data protection. Production databases, virtual machines, and business/department critical shared files.
Capacity Tier Default storage tier. Front office fileshares and low usage virtual machines, large datasets, infrequent or occasional access.
Basic Tier Lowest cost durable storage. Generally used as a backup of Windows files from another storage location.
Size Currently defined in multiples of 250GB.
Raid Protection Provides industry standard RAID protection via Parity and other redundancy mechanisms.
Mirroring Provides real-time near 0 RPO synchronous mirroring of data to other site (SSRB <--> UFDC), not user configurable.
High Availability Dual site provides controller-level redundancy and data availability cross-site in case of localized site disasters/outages; single site provides controller-level redundancy only.
Snapshot Point in time in the evolution of a storage offering, saved for some time for future reference. Snapshots exist on the primary storage system, so failures destroying primary data may affect snapshots too. Contrast with 'backup'.
Snapshot Schedules See "Snapshot Schedule Options" table below.
Nested Shares Ability for a folder/directory within a share to also be shared via another name, usually with different connection permissions.
Nested Quotas Ability to assign a quota to a specific subdirectory within an existing larger quota.
Access Protocols Block (FC), File (SMB, NFS) are options.
Encrypted at Rest Provides the ability to encrypt data at rest; if a constituent hard drive or SSD is lost or stolen, the data on it cannot be read. Required by many regulatory standards.
Average IOPS Per TB Average Expected Input/Output Operations per Second per TB.
Cost Cost per TB per Month.
Cloud Replication A data copy replicated to the cloud (warm copy).
Backup A data copy stored in an administratively independent system. Even catastrophic failure of the primary system does not damage the "backup" copy. (Cold copy, takes time to be restored to production system in event of disaster or outage).
Archive Data which is intended to be stored for "a long time" in the view of the customer, seldom read, seldom re-written. (vaulted, cold copy, takes longer than backup service to recover, reconstitute and recover to production systems).

Snapshot Schedule Options (snapshots are taken between 11:55 PM and 5:00 AM (staggered during this period)).

The user can control basic data protection functionality via the Isilon's configurable file-level snapshot service.

Additional protection may be provided by replicating between storage in multiple locations. UFIT staff can configure replication in certain circumstances, while other instances may require customer utilities for replication.

Should you require longer-term data protection or independent data backups, UFIT staff can assist you in configuring and maintaining a TSM backup service.


UFIT currently provides SMB filespace hosting utilizing an EMC Isilon appliance.