NIRD Data Storage

In today's dynamic research landscape, data is the lifeblood of every scientific project. The success of your research depends on having the perfect storage solution to securely store and manage your valuable datasets.

We are thus happy to welcome you to NIRD Data Storage – your one-stop destination to store, share, and manage large, active scientific datasets. Say goodbye to data chaos and embrace a platform where all your co-workers can collaborate seamlessly. With NIRD, you'll have the space and tools to fuel ground-breaking research.


Students and researchers at Norwegian universities and research institutions.

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Apply through regular calls or between periods.

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Prices depends on the funding that supports your project.

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What is the storage service?

NIRD Data Storage is specifically designed for active data storage. For information about cold data storage, see NIRD Data Lake.

On NIRD Data Storage you store data during the execution of a scientific project/investigation. The storage space supports multitenancy, therefore you can invite your co-workers to store and work in the same shared area.

The NIRD Data Storage can be scaled on demand up to petabyte-volume sizes. The technology of the underlying storage solution is designed with both high performance and cost-effectiveness in mind, to allow intensive I/O operations and to support high-performance computing and AI workloads. This is especially important if you want to:

  • pre / post-process data, analyse and visualise the data, without downloading the data to another location.

  • train AI/ML models.

  • analyse data with the computing capacity of the national HPC systems.

Flexible and secure storage

You can access NIRD Data Storage from whatever system you have on your local desktop. You can access the storage through the POSIX environment directly from the NIRD login nodes, or Sigma2´s HPC systems.

All data stored on NIRD Data Storage have daily snapshots and redundancy implemented on multiple levels to ensure the integrity of the data and protect the data from human mistakes.

Valuable data stored on NIRD Data Storage can also have a backup to be protected from natural disasters or file system failures.

As a data owner/data custodian you can make decisions regarding the level of security you want for each dataset in a granular manner.

How to get access?

The most convenient way to access the resources is by applying through our regular calls, which are published twice a year.

However, it is also possible to apply outside calls at any point in time through the year.

Your individual application is evaluated based on scientific merit by a resource allocation committee, who grants you project access to resources if the application is accepted.

Alternatively you can reserve resources for your group and your institutions. If you want to explore this procurement model, you are welcome to get in touch with us.

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Research activities

Below you will find a selection of research projects that have utilised the NIRD Data Storage service.

You might also need

We offer many services that you may need in addition to NIRD Data Storage. In the National Infrastructure for Research Data (NIRD) ecosystem we offer a range of storage services designed to support scientific research in every step of the research data lifecycle. Below, you can see a few selected ones, and if you visit our services overview, you will find all we have on offer.

The NIRD Storage service going forward

Take a look at the roadmap for the development of the NIRD Storage Service to follow the progress of the service: