Data Services


Data Storage

stable and enduring access to data
$0/terabyte per year, up to 30TBNot offered


mobile apps, websites, databases, learning management systems


(a) Web Applications/Databases
(b) Virtual Machines
(a) $0/yr
(b) $0/yr
Hosting includes proactive security patching, firewall management, software installations, and full user support.

UAS Data Acquisition & Processing


Consulting/Technical Services

metadata, proposal writing, data management, etc.
$0/hrNot offered

RCDS operates as an official academic service center with partial financial support from the University of Idaho. This institutional subsidy lowers the costs associated with providing services, subsequently lowering the rates charged to users within the University of Idaho. However, federal regulations require that external Service Center Users must be charged unsubsidized, fully-costed rates.

In simplest terms, we define Internal and External Users as:

Internal User: Internal RCDS Service Center Users are academic users affiliated with the University of Idaho who pay for RCDS services using direct charges against a UI budget number. Examples include departments and PIs within the University of Idaho and any grants administered by the University of Idaho (including subcontracts).

External User: External RCDS Service Center Users are an entity or person that is legally separate from the University of Idaho but who wish to purchase services from RCDS. Examples include PIs from affiliated universities, private firms, and commercial research laboratories. Contact us for external rates.

Why use RCDS over another storage service?

RCDS provides high-capacity, enterprise-class data storage, and captures automatic snapshots for fast data recovery. RCDS also replicates data on a daily basis to offsite data stores at Idaho National Laboratory.

Computational Services

The RCDS provides computing services, data storage and consultation for the research community at the University of Idaho and beyond. Using funds from the NIH COBRE program we have built up the infrastructure over the past decade. The Core is now a UI service center, providing the research community with continually evolving high-end computational capabilities that can be tailored to meet specific projects needs. Our users span 18 departments across the UI, and also include off-campus researchers and collaborators.


To make use of the RCDS servers, you will need an account. Accounts are now free for UI students/faculty/staff. That account will get you unlimited access to our servers and support from our systems administrators. We organize RCDS users into research groups based on Prinicpal Investigator. Each research group/PI can store up to 30 TB data on RCDS servers at no charge. Storing beyond 30TB will require a next-level account as detailed below:

StandardTier 1 AccountTier 2 Account
Data ̐<= 30TB30-100TB100-200TB
Annual Cost
Non UI, Academic$1538.97$8384.09$19130.68
Non UI, Private$1538.97$8384.09$19130.68

̐ Per research group.
¹ July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

We list prices in annual units, but bill quarterly for the actual time the account was active during the previous quarter. For accounts, the minimum service time is one month.

Dedicated support

We can support custom hardware maintenance and installations for new HPC hardware purchases.

Please also see the detailed Terms of Service

Condominium Services

We can manage new or previously purchased HPC hardware. Details here.

Primarily Undergraduate Institution Services

We offer HPC Accounts to users at PUIs Details here.

RCDS Education

Productive and useful interactions with our major and potential users and project groups are a high priority for us. We regularly present updates and short workshops at weekly IBEST Lunch meetings of IBEST faculty, staff and students. These informal interactions allow us to receive and give advice, gauge customer satisfaction, and brainstorm possible future directions for strategic planning.

We offer education and training services for current and potential core users and their students. Our online documentation provides instruction on typical and advanced step-by-step workflows, how to access our systems, how to run jobs on the clusters and harvest the results, and how to use bioinformatics software. We also offer hands-on tutorials, workshops, and for-credit classes, many of which we are converting to online tutorials, on topics such as:

  • Unix for novices
  • Options, techniques, and best practices for storing, retrieving and sharing data
  • Beginning and advanced data analysis and programming in the R language
  • Beginning and advanced cluster computing
  • Introduction to parallel programming
  • Automating large or complicated tasks with scripting (Perl, Python and BASH)