Storage & Compute Environments Comparison for Duke University
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Service ProviderService DescriptionFree StorageAnalytics ToolsURL
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Cloud Hosts (Ecosystem = Compute + Storage)
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Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) & EC2 (Elastic Computing)Webscale Internet Storage (integrate with Amazon Cloud computing, EC2, as part of Amazon Web Service, AWS)5GBUse EC2 for computehttp://goo.gl/hfXndn
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Google BigQuery and Google StorageRESTful interface for analysis and storage of massive data sets5GBBigQueryhttp://goo.gl/SmiJLC
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Storage
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Duke U subscribes on bahalf of all Duke affiliates. see notes below50GB (coming soon free for Duke) or 10GB regular users. Upper limit of space is indeterminate and depends on the use case. file size limit is 5GB.Works with major OSes and mobile. https://www.box.com/
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DropboxFile Sharing; Cloud Based; Synchronization across platforms and collaboration with multiple users.2GB (initially) - 18GBDepends on your compute environment. Works with all major OSes including Linux and mobilehttps://www.dropbox.com/
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File Sharing - Duke Subscribes for Duke Affiliates (see note below): Cloud Based; Synchronization across platforms and collaboration with multiple users.1TbApplications and Storage made available as a Cloud-and-local synchronization eco-system. Works with Windows, Mac, Android and iOShttp://goo.gl/ScNzzA
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Google DriveFile Sharing; Cloud Based; Sychroninization across platforms and collaboration with multiple users.15GBGoogle Docs, SpreadSheet, Presentation, gmail, etc. Works with Windows, Mac, Android and iOShttp://goo.gl/lf036c
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GitHub / git-annex assistantFile archive synchronizationdefined by userDepends on your compute environmenthttp://goo.gl/wM6WQ7
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Compute (Tools)
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IBM Academic InitiativeA collection of analytics tools from traditional to modern made available for free to Duke researchersgenerous data storage available for Big DataBigInsights, BigSheets, Text Analysis (are notable) +cognos, SPSS, and hundreds of tools/applications available for download. Select set of tools for free download (list could change); support is through IBM Forum (see IBM users guide); http://goo.gl/ljZq0c
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SQLShareA free SQL Database Server with APIs for Python, R, and RESTunlimited SQLhttp://goo.gl/q2rxYH
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(see other side)
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@Duke
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Duke (HPC) - Scalable Computing Support CenterShared cluster resource of x86 machines running Linux for high performance computing10-20 GBMathmatica, Matlab, R, Linux-based toolshttp://goo.gl/ENUUCP
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Duke (HPC) - Open Science GridNation-wide grid of computational machines running Linux for large-scale modeling and simulation needsvariesvaries, most Linux-based tools are supportedhttp://goo.gl/ENUUCP
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Compute
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Duke VCLDuke users can reserve computers with specialized software and access those services remotely.OIT Storage rules applyMatLab, R, MS Office, others, could have Hadoop, BigSheets, etc.http://goo.gl/em0XFs
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OIT VMWareVirtual Servers for a fee to Duke Researchers & DepartmentsOIT Storage rules applyBound only by Client and Sys. Adminhttp://goo.gl/nMxigt
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Storage
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Duke Storage via A&SArts & Sciences - generic/archival storagefree to A&S (faculty & staff); unlimitedSee comments [+]
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Pratt SharePlanPro
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personal files space by OIT (not group)5 GB automatically provisioned. (25GB limit for students, or more upon request) Contact OIT for morehttp://is.gd/dukecloud
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use Duke NetID to login50GB (more, upon request)
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1Tb (reported to be unlimited)ExcelOnline (other tools)http://goo.gl/5YfWUS
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NOTES
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External Reviews / Price Comparisonshttp://www.pocket-lint.com/news/110385-icloud-google-music-dropbox-skydrive-amazon-cloud-player
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Cloud Storage Comparisonshttp://www.thetop10bestonlinebackup.com/online-storage
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pricing (dated)http://lifehacker.com/5905702/dropbox-google-drive-skydrive-and-others-pricing-per-gb-and-more-compared-in-convenient-charts
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General Notes:mongoDB (cloud environment)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_file_synchronization_software
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[+] Personal File Storagehttp://oit.duke.edu/comp-print/storage/index.php
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Issuesusing dropbox securely
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mapping a CIFS drive (does not persist)
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add shortcuts into CIFS, PubPol-dept-storage, school-of-the-environment-storage, econ-department-storage
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Use Cases1) Researcher has more data than is conveniently moved to Compute environment
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2) Researcher wants to take advantage of new analytics tools (Hadoop/MapReduce, MongoDB, BigInsights, BigQuery, etc.)
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3) Research team needs to conveniently share data sets across team. Group permissions are important.
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4) Professor is teaching new analytics tools
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5) Students are sharing files for group project
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6) Processing large digitized image scans, individual metadata assignment may be relatively quick, collection processing will be disk/wire intensive
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7) Datafication - the step beyond digitization
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