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Storage Farm

Storage Farm

Centrally managed pool of shared disk space

The Storage Farm is a centrally managed pool of disk space shared among all storage farm servers. (The storage is always growing.) The storage farm is typically accessed via Storage Area Network (SAN) technology. The storage farm service achieves economies of scale by purchasing storage in large volume. This means the storage farm can offer more fully featured storage space with a wider range of availability and performance characteristics.

The Storage Farm is offered to customers of the managed server farm. It has both internal CIT customers and campus customers from other departments. Servers using the Storage Farm service must be housed in one of two CIT machine rooms and managed by CIT's systems administration staff. The primary machine room is on the 7th floor of Rhodes Hall.

CIT Customers are required to use storage from the Storage Farm. The department is charged for space as allocated, on a monthly basis.

Campus Customers who have a service agreement are required to use the Storage Farm. Pricing for the Storage Farm service is established by the Storage Farm dedicated service.


  • Smart Purchase: Using the Storage Farm means you can purchase the amount of space you need now and expand if and when your needs change. You don't need to purchase extra space until you're sure you need it.
  • Risk Reduction: Storage Farm equipment has redundant components such as power supplies and boot drives.
  • Easy Migration: If your storage needs change, you can move your data to a different storage tier. For example, if you add a critical application to your server, you can upgrade to a faster tier of storage.
  • Resource Maintenance: The Storage Farm business plan accommodates capital replacement of the storage as it ages.

Types of Storage

The Storage Farm provides Fiber Channel Storage Area Network (FC SAN) storage. Logical Units (LUNs) are allocated based on your storage capacity requirements.

Storage Farm Tiers

Tiers of SAN-based storage are offered.

Tier 2: Mainstream storage, where performance, cost, and availability are all important. Examples include databases and application servers which require consistent, reliable performance. Cache is enabled to improve performance.

Tier 3: Lowest cost of online storage, while performance and high availability are less important. Examples of this include development & test systems, and low-activity departmental file servers. Cache is disabled for Tier 3.

Service Details

For customers of the Managed Server farm, storage farm volume purchasing allows for more full-featured storage space with more availability and performance functions. 

Best for:

Professional Storage Management: The Storage Farm staff performs all required firmware updates and maintenance procedures, monitors availability and performance, and assists with procurement and life-cycle upgrades.


Flexible: If storage requirements change, the Storage Farm service can quickly adjust storage allocations to meet new needs. This results in a smaller pool of unused space, minimizing costs to the University.

Regulated Data:

See the Regulated Data Chart for Cornell policy considerations for this service.

Support Contact:

Compare to:

Best for:

  • University (mission data) that needs to be stored in a secure, central location. 
  • Files you want to share within your department or with other departments at the University.

Regulated Data:

See the Regulated Data Chart for Cornell policy considerations for this service.

Best for:

Servers that you don't want to manage yourself and do want to maintain on campus. 

Also used for:

  • Disaster recovery
  • Backups
  • Virtual or physical servers

Regulated Data:

See the Regulated Data Chart for Cornell policy considerations for this service.


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