Research Data Storage Service (RDSS)

The Research Data Storage Service (RDSS) is Northwestern University’s dedicated research storage platform. This service allows Northwestern researchers to purchase storage for research purposes. RDSS is housed at the University’s central data centers, providing a secure, reliable, and stable environment designed to meet researchers’ needs.

RDSS has two storage zones based on data regulation guidelines:

  • Non-Audited: Appropriate for non-regulated research data.
  • Audited: for most legally and contractually restricted data

This storage is accessed by mapping it as network drive. You must be on the University's (eduroam) network or on VPN to access the Research Data Storage Service share drive. Storage must be purchased in 1 TB increments.


Features and Benefits

RDSS has the following features tailored for research data:

  • No individual file size limits
  • Daily snapshots and data replication for disaster recovery saved for 28 days.
  • Ability to share data with internal and external collaborators (via guest NetID)
  • Maps to computers running Windows, Mac OS or Linux operating systems.
  • Accessible from off campus via VPN.
  • Compliance with most legally or contractually restricted data such as Personal Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or data that is subject to regulation by HIPAA.
  • Auditing capabilities for reporting on access, creation, replication, updates, and deletion of files upon request.
  • Ability to manage user read-only and read/write access through established security groups using the Self-Service Group Management Tool.


Available to

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff


How to Request Service

To request storage, please complete the "Research Data Storage Service Request Form", which requires a valid ChartString. If sponsored funds are used to purchase data storage, the faculty member is responsible for assuring the purchase is consistent with the purpose and aims of the grant. The faculty member will complete any necessary repudiating of the sponsored project, if required, to ensure appropriate management of the funds.

Your request will be processed within five days of requesting service. Northwestern Information Technology (IT) will then email instructions on how to access the shared network and manage user access permissions.

*Researchers from the Feinberg School of Medicine should not use this form to request storage. Instead, please email their local IT support staff at



The annual cost is $100.00 per 1 TB of storage with the option to pre-pay for storage up to 5 years in advance. New orders will be pro-rated based on the date of purchase. See the table below:


Support Resources


Research Data Management Support at Northwestern University

Research computing data services partners with the Office for Research, University Libraries and Galter Health Sciences Library to provide research data management support throughout the research process. Please see the Research Data Management and Sharing page for more information


Research Data Storage Service Request form

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