Data Ingest Service

Tool for uploading large amounts of data to the SURFsara systems

The Data Ingest Service is intended for researchers who want to store or analyse large amounts of data at SURFsara. The service is convenient for users who lack sufficient bandwidth or who have stored their data on a number of external hard disks.

Uploading data via hard disks

The Data Ingest Service helps users upload their data to SURFsara. In order to provide this service, we have a device on premises with connections for up to 45 hard disks. This device makes it easy for us to transfer data to other SURFsara (storage) systems.


We are happy to help you transfer your data as efficiently as possible to SURFsara's computing and storage facilities, while taking as much work out of your hands as possible. Our employees will resolve any problems you have with uploading data as best as possible.


You can contact our helpdesk by telephone or e-mail. You can also make an appointment with one of our employees. If you have any questions, or want to report a problem, please send an e-mail to or phone +31-208001400. The helpdesk is available during office hours (9:00–17:00).

For specific questions or challenges related to data storage, please contact our consultancy service.

For whom?

Many research projects make use of technologies in which large amounts of data are created by instruments, like those which determine genome sequencing. These projects often produce data on disks. We can read these disks by means of our Data Ingest Service. We can also do so with other any data you have on your hard disks that you would like to transfer to SURFsara's computing and storage facilities.

Check out the use case from IMARES: acoustic data on herring stocks.


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Latest modifications 05 Nov 2018