Archive on LOLO

The storage attached to HYAK clusters is considered a transient place for "hot" data that you're actively computing against. Data stored here is NOT BACKED UP. LOLO is our archival storage option intended to provide our users with storage that is not immediately available but is affordable and has physical longevity as a storage medium. If you archive your data to LOLO, two additional copies are created: it does automatic duplication with one copy on UW-Seattle campus and another copy in eastern Washington.


To optimize your space and minimize monthly charges, we recommend using file compression. File compression helps reduce file size and compressed files are easier to copy to remote servers like lolo. Below provide instructions for archiving your data on lolo with tar software utility file compression.

What is LOLO Tape?#

LOLO is the UW's archive solution, it is an LTO-8 or "tape" based platform.

How do I get LOLO capacity?#

Click here to be re-directed to the LOLO Storage Request Form.


LOLO costs $3.45 / TB / month.

How to back up to lolo?#

After your LOLO storage archive directory has been outfitted, you can begin transferring archived data to LOLO. Let's start by accessing your archive on lolo with ssh, your UWNetID, and the name of your archive directory. For this example, we will call our lolo archive directory, mylolodir.

$ ssh
[UWNetID@lolo-u1 ~]$ cd /archive/mylolodir

Next identify the directory of data that you wish to archive on LOLO, and navigate to the containing directory on your local computer or on klone via Terminal or Windows Powershell or PuTTy. For this example, we will call the directory we wish to archive, mydata.

$ ls

Next create a tar archive of mydata and transfer it directory to mylolodir with ssh.

$ tar zcvf - mydata/ | ssh "cat > /archive/mylolodir/mydata.tar.gz"

Contents of mydata will start printing to the screen as they are transferred to the tar archive. This printing might obscure the Password prompt, you will need to provide your password. Compression and transfer times scale with file size.

Retrieve the archive from LOLO#

Use server copy (scp) to transfer a copy of the archive from lolo to your workspace on your local computer or klone.

$ scp .

Extract the archive with the tar command on your local computer or klone. Be mindful that extracting the archive will require storage capacity matching its pre-compressed size.

$ tar -xzvf mydata.tar.gz

Google Drive#


Update: This is no longer "unlimited" and data caps are set to go into effect in 2022.

The UW has a relationship with Google for cloud services (e.g., Gmail, Google Drive). Google Drive has a reputation for "unlimited" data storage. It's possible you can use this as one place to store your data but we leave it to the user to perform their own due diligence on the implications of this. Some labs at the UW make use of Google Drive in this manner so we thought we'd make note of it here but we provide no support for it.