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CloudStor is a great tool for researchers – here’s why:

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We’re pleased to report that the number of researchers and others in the Higher Education community using CloudStor to send and receive files climbed past the 20,000 mark last week.

AARNet developed CloudStor to address researchers’ frustration with the slow transfer rates they experienced when sharing very large files. Now, with CloudStor, that frustration is history. CloudStor provides researchers with a free super-fast, easy-to-use, secure and safe file transfer and storage solution that leverages the capabilities of the AARNet network.

In an era where research is increasingly cross disciplinary and multi-institutional CloudStor offers key advantages to the research community over various personal cloud storage solutions or commercially available services:

Here are our top 10 reasons why researchers should use CloudStor:
  1. Fast access using Australian Access Federation (AAF) credentials
  2. Easy to use – no plugins required
  3. Quick and secure large file transfer using the high-speed AARNet network
  4. No file size restrictions
  5. CloudStor can be synchronised to the desktop or accessed via the Web or from mobile devices
  6. Secure storage located in Australia, avoiding any sovereignty issues, and directly connected to the AARNet backbone at 40Gbps for rapid and convenient access
  7. Data is replicated a minimum of three times at geographically distributed storage nodes for high reliability and availability
  8. Individual researchers at AARNet-connected institutions receive up to 100GB of storage free of charge and low-cost additional storage is available on request
  9. Group storage quotas are available for research collaborations – keep project files in one place to streamline work with partners across campus and at other institutions
  10. Works with institutional repositories and national merit-based storage

We’re continuously improving CloudStor, adding new features and updating the interface based on user feedback.

More information

To set up a group quota for your research project or to find out more, please contact us.

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