Research Data Transfer — Globus

Reliable, non-sensitive data transfer and management service through Globus.

With Globus at Columbia, subscribers can move, share, sync, and discover data via a single interface – whether your files live on a supercomputer, lab cluster, tape archive, public cloud or your laptop, you can manage this data from anywhere, using your existing identities, via just a web browser.

What can I do with Globus?

  • Transfer files:  From kilobytes to petabytes, with Globus you can efficiently and reliably move data between systems within your site or across an ocean.
  • Share files with others: All you need is an email address to share data with colleagues – Globus manages authentication and access.
  • Develop applications and gateways: Globus’ open REST APIs and Python SDK empower you to create an integrated ecosystem of research data services, applications, and workflows.

Who uses Globus?

  • Researchers at hundreds of universities, national labs, government facilities, and other research institutions – plus a growing number of commercial companies – use Globus routinely as they work with data.
  • Research computing managers and IT groups depend on Globus to make storage more accessible for their researchers, and to monitor and report on storage system usage.
  • Developers use Globus to automate data workflows and build custom web applications–such as science gateways and searchable data portals–as well as mobile, desktop, and command line applications and services.

Why should I care?

Globus removes data management roadblocks and headaches by providing unified access to all storage locations – in short, Globus makes it much easier to work with data, while ensuring security and reliability. When researchers can worry less about moving and sharing their data, authenticating new users or connecting new storage systems, they can focus more time and energy on research.

How do I get started?

Columbia has standard Globus licensing which entitles all Columbia researchers to the benefits without charge. If you'd like help using Globus, or would like access to the advanced features of Globus, please contact [email protected].

What are the benefits of Columbia's Globus License?

The primary benefits of our Globus license are:

  • Managed Endpoints: Globus Managed endpoints enable greater granularity by enabling the use of shared endpoints to provide multiple logical points of entry from a single Globus Connect server. Full administrative capabilities are enabled (management console, usage reports).
  • Globus Plus: Globus Plus allows Globus users to create shared endpoints on their personal computers by associating their endpoint with our Globus license. With Globus Plus you can instantly share files from your laptop or other personal computer and easily move files between two personal computers.
  • Connector Open Access: Connect your Globus endpoint to cloud storage or proprietary systems, including Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage (GCP), Amazon S3, Box, OneDrive, Western Digital ActiveScale, Spectra BlackPearl, Microsoft Azure Blob. Ceph Object Stores, iRODS, HDFS, POSIX Archives and more. 

Sensitive Data

Please note that sensitive data of any kind is not permitted for use with Globus. Globus is not certified for sensitive data of any kind and can only be used for non-sensitive, non-confidential, and otherwise unrestricted data, as specified by the Columbia University Data Classification Policy