OIT General Storage Services

Service Overview

OIT provides block (fiber channel) storage and Network Attached Storage (NAS) to campus departments and units for an annual fee.


Block Level storage service is for units that have performance requirements that can not be met by network attached storage service. Block storage is allocated in a one server to one LUN configuration or occasionally as a cluster. It is primarily used to support physical server requirements and OIT virtual hosting services.

It consists of two tiers:

Tier 1 block storage is best suited for highly transitional applications(databases, etc). Tier 1 is for workloads that exceed 500 iOPS at any time.

Tier 2 Block storage is suited for less intensive workloads (file servers, etc) and are below 500 iOPS.


Network Attached Storage (NAS) service consist of SMB and NFS shares and is a replacement for standalone file servers for either Windows and/or Linux/Unix client systems. Virtual file servers are created by OIT and co-managed by OIT and the campus department/unit. On customer request nightly filesystem snapshots are provided and retained for a period of 7 days. Filesystem snapshots are not enabled by default and must be requested.



Backups are held for a minimum of 28 days according to Record Retention policy https://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-01-25-12/

Current technologies:

  • Avamar
  • DataDomain
  • Netbackup
  • Teradactyl


Storage Rates (15-18 FYs)* 

Block Tier 1 $2300
Block Tier 2 $1400
NAS $700

* Current storage rates are under review and will be updated early 18-19FY.

Support and Special Requests

Storage service support is provided by OIT Platform Compute Services. Support requests can be made to oit_platform@help.ncsu.edu or by using Contact Us (Requests) form.

Special or large storage requests options can be discussed. While all requests may not be satisfied, any discussions will help improve the overall service to help meet the needs for campus. Please Contact Us (Requests).