Research Services

Data Access and Management

University Guidance and Policies

IT Guidance on Secure Data Sharing and Storage

Appalachian's Guide to Data Management Plans

Records Retention Requirements:  see UNC System General Schedule

On Premise File Storage

uStor: provides both individual and department/group file storage areas.
  • Required:Appstateaccount
  • Features:  grant read/write privileges to otherAppstateusers, default quota 10 GB
  • Backups:  Backups are maintained on and off site.  Users can restore recently deleted files without assistance, and ITS can restore older deleted files as needed.

Remote Access provides information on how to access campus resources when off campus including: Pulse Secure VPN, uDesk, and uStor cloud


Cloud Storage and Sharing Google Drive:  ideal for on and off-site collaborations using sensitive/internal/public data.
  • Required: Appstate or Google account; files can be shared with non-Appstate and non-Gmail users by setting permissions at “Anyone with the link” or “Public”
  • Features:  can grant read and/or write privileges, unlimited storage
  • Backups:   Files in the Trash can be restored; andITS can restore files permanently deleted in the last 25 days
Applications and Services for Research Studies

Digital Scholarship & Initiatives including Public Data Archives

Belk Library Digital Scholarship and Initiatives

NC Docks:  a repository for articles and research data, with links to Belk Library subject specialists for investigating other archives

 Data Destruction Technology Support Center for secure electronic data destruction

High Performance Computing (HPC)

We have 2 linked HPC nodes that will outperform local computers for computationally intensive processes.   Nodes are used for modeling, genetic sequence analyses, and simulations.  ITS has an HPC partnership program for faculty with funds for purchasing additional components (processing or storage) that can be integrated into the existing HPC cluster.  ITS supports the donated resources while guaranteeing the faculty member exclusive access to the donated resources when needed in exchange for the right to make the donated resources available to other researchers when they are available. 

The University also has a Visualization Lab,  an interdisciplinary computer lab maintained by the College of Arts and Sciences that provides high-end processing and graphic rendering capabilities in support of education, research and outreach activities.

Virtual Machines

We provide Virtual Machine (VM) hosting and management for enterprise and non-enterprise services with regular backups. Use Cases: Application hosting, Web hosting, and running analyses, or software without tying up your own machine. VM’s can be customized to suit your needs.  To set up a VM, we will need to know:  amount of storage required, Operating System and applications needed, CPU and memory requirements, and access requirements (on or off campus).  

Linux Containers (OpenVZ)

Linux containers are typically setup to run a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack and suited for small web applications, temporary shell accounts, and other research needs. Our Enterprise Systems Group configures and administers this platform.