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Important Note

We are not familiar with the details of the data that would be stored and it is your responsibility to determine the suitability or our environment and infrastructure for your needs, as it would be if you were to use Amazon, Google, etc.  We provide secure storage of the data and secure transfer of it to an authorized user and/or device.  Once the data is on the user's resource, e.g. laptop, workstation, USB key, etc., it's security is the responsibility of the user and/or their local IT support team.

CRBS IT Service Features:

  • Setup fee includes:

    • setup of VM, primary data storage and backups for both

    • working with users to make sure they are able to use the new system.

  • Monthly fee includes:

    • Resolution of any future technical issues related to accessing the VM or the data to which it provides access.

    • Hardware and software maintenance

    • User management

      • Creating new users
      • Deleting users
      • Password changes
      • Access restrictions and modifications
    • General security notices

  • Additional data protection through use of a virtual machine, separate from the data storage server, to restrict electronic access to the data.

  • Data storage in a server room with dedicated power, cooling and network, reducing downtime.

  • Option to start with a primary copy only and add backup copy later for an additional monthly fee.


  • For a basic Linux-based Samba, FTP or NFS file server, or a Microsoft Windows VM:

    • 2 hours of consulting services at $141.00/hr to discuss security, authorization/authentication, networking, etc.

    • 10 hours of setup at $91.00/hr, covering

      • setup of a CentOS 7 Linux  or Windows VM with 100GB local storage, 4GB RAM
      • setup of 1TB external NFS mounted primary storage
      • setup of backup of primary storage to a server located elsewhere on campus
  • Initial setup costs = $282.00 + $910.00 = $1,192.00

  • Monthly fees, $435.00/month

    • $145.00/mo. for the VM, including nightly snapshots

    • $290.00/mo. for both a primary and backup copy of up to 1TB external data

Additional Fees

Additional configuration, software installation, etc., including but not limited to implementation of custom access controls may incur additional fees based on our hourly rate of $91.00/hr.  

Any required software licenses are your responsibility and are not included in any of our fees.



Technical Support and Consulting

  • Virtualization
    • migration of applications to a virtualized compute environment
    • equipment specification for hosting VMs in your own environment
  • Network design, implementation and troubleshooting
    Large data storage (100+ terabytes)
    • Solaris ZFS or CentOS ZFS
    • Implementation, configuration and performance issues
    • Hardware specification
  • 3rd party software integration
    • data capture (Zeiss, Gatan, etc)
    • data analysis (Matlab, Amira, iMOD, etc.)
    • website applications (Apache, Tomcat, Hubzero, etc.)
  • Databases
    • Postgres
    • MySQL
    • MariaDB
  • Automation
    • Scalable, repeatable, secure server provisioning via CentOS, cobbler and puppet
    • Scripting (bash, perl, etc.)
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
    • hardware specification
    • implementation, configuration (ROCKS, Puppet, SGE, etc.)
    • NOT parallelization of existing code

Data Storage and Application Hosting Support

  • Routine Support
    • Troubleshooting of existing systems
    • User management
    • Patch managment
    • Rate (UCSD Users) 99.00 per hour
    • Rate (Non-UCSD Users) 143.55 per hour

Migration and Startup Consultation Services

  • Hourly Consultation
    • Information gathering for strategic implementation plan
    • General migration issue resolution
    • Straight forward mapping of data
    • Rate (UCSD Users) 149.00 per hour
    • Rate (Non-UCSD Users) 216.05 per hour

Architecture and Design assistance

  • New design and implementation assistance
    • Rate (UCSD Users) 182.00 per hour
    • Rate (Non-UCSD Users) 263.90 per hour


Virtual Machine Hosting

  • Application hosting
    • websites
      • "puppetized" apache (optional)
      • other applications can be self-managed
    • webapp
      • "puppetized" tomcat (optional)
      • other webapp engines (e.g.JBoss) can be self-managed
    • database hosting
      • "puppetized" mysql and/or postgres
      • other database engines (e.g. hsql) can be self-managed
  • Provisioning Options
    • 4GB memory, 2 CPU, with 100GB disk
      Rate (UCSD Users) 145.00
      Rate (Non-UCSD Users) 210.25
    • Additional NFS mounted data storage, single copy or replicated, is available by the TB at additional cost

Backup Storage

  • Non-replicated storage for making a single backup copy of data.
    Rate (UCSD Users) 145.00 per TB per month
    Rate (Non-UCSD Users) 210.25 per TB per month

Replicated Data Storage

  • primary copy with network availability, plus a limited access backup copy.
    Rate (UCSD Users) 290.00 per TB per month
    Rate (Non-UCSD Users) 420.50 per TB per month

Information on the CRBS SOM support team goes here. (Under construction.)

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