Cloud Storage & Compute

What is SDSC Cloud Storage and Compute?

The SDSC IT Services team administers one of the first large-scale academic deployments of cloud storage in the world. UC San Diego campus users, members of the UC community, and UC affiliates are eligible to join the hundreds of users who already benefit from the 3 petabytes of raw space, which is organized into object-based cloud storage by OpenStack’s Swift platform.

SDSC Cloud Storage is the perfect storage choice for researchers with fixed budgets because unlike other cloud providers, SDSC features a simplified recharge plan that eliminates secondary fees such as bandwidth costs, charges assessed per request, and regional migration fees.

Advantages of SDSC Cloud include:

  • Collaboration - effortlessly share cloud data with colleagues or the public
  • Redundancy - with three copies of each file distributed across multiple internal racks, rest assured that your data is reasonably safe from the perils of normal hardware exhaustion
  • Technical Support - communicate directly with SDSC Cloud Storage engineers, who enjoy using their extensive experience to assist you

In addition to storage, SDSC Cloud now includes compute options. Users can spin up instances on demand. Email services@sdsc.edu for more information.

Note: SDSC offers a separate cloud storage system for data that needs to meet PHI/PII or HIPAA compliance. Explore SHERLOCK for secure solutions.

How Much Does SDSC Cloud Storage and Compute Cost?

SDSC Cloud Storage

Cloud storage has a minimum allocation of 1 TB. If more than 1 TB is used, cost is assessed by space used.

Data Type

UC Recharge Rate*

External Recharge Rate*

Cloud Storage
Minimum allocation 1 TB; billed monthly storage use is averaged by monitoring space used hourly

$32.16/TB/month

$46.632/TB/month

*Recharge rates are subject to change with approval from the UC San Diego Recharge Rate Committee. Normal IDC rules apply.

SDSC Cloud Compute

Cloud compute is billed by hours of use of each instance. The base rate is $0.08/SU, where an SU is the cost of running the most basic instance of one vCPU and 4 GB of memory at the rates of $0.05/vCPU/hour and $0.0075/GB of memory/hour. More powerful instances or instances with increased storage cost more to run.

Instance Prices

Instance Name

vCPU Count

Memory Count (GB)

System Disk (GB)

UC Recharge Rate ($/hour)*

External Recharge Rate ($/hour)*

m1.medium

1

4

20

$0.08

$0.116

m1.large 2 8 20 $0.16

$0.232

m1.xlarge 4 16 20 $0.32

$0.464

m1.2xlarge 8 32 20 $0.64

$0.928

c1.large 2 4 20 $0.13

$0.1885

c1.xlarge 4 8 20 $0.26

$0.377

c1.2xlarge 8 16 20 $0.52

$0.754

r1.large 2 16 20 $0.22

$0.319

r1.xlarge 4 32 20 $0.44

$0.638

r1.2xlarge 8 64 20 $0.88

$1.276


*Recharge rates are subject to change with approval from the UC San Diego Recharge Rate Committee. Normal IDC rules apply.

Instance Storage Prices

20 GB of ephemeral disk storage is provided with each instance at no additional cost. Additional storage for images, volumes, snapshots and instances that boot from volume will be charged.

Type

UC Recharge Rate*

External Recharge Rate*

Volume and Volume Snapshot

$0.000063/GB/hour

$0.00009135/GB/hour

Image $0.000063/GB/hour $0.00009135/GB/hour

*Recharge rates are subject to change with approval from the UC San Diego Recharge Rate Committee. Normal IDC rules apply.

How Do I Get SDSC Cloud Storage and Compute?

Send a request to the SDSC IT Services team at services@sdsc.edu.

Where Can I Get Support for SDSC Cloud Storage and Compute?

Answers to common questions can be found in the support section of this site:

Questions can also be submitted to SDSC storage engineers by emailing support@sdsc.edu.