Service Details

To gain access to the service, you must complete a storage allocation form for each project and agree to the Service Level Agreement and the End User Agreement. This form names the Principal Investigator (PI) who is financially and legally responsible for the data stored and any users who will be given either “read-only” or “read/write” access to the storage area. The Petal System Administrator will then send you and any other user a welcome email and prepare the storage area. Once the storage allocation has been approved, an initial purchase of storage will be required to provide the necessary space to deposit data. Storage space must be purchased by submitting a purchasing tapes form. The request will be then authorised via the Petal System Administrator who will interact with the Finance Office to process the transaction. Once authorised, your available storage capacity will be increased and the allocation ready to start copying files to it. You can monitor usage in the Environment Storage Allocations website.

Customers cannot use tapes they have purchased themselves – all tapes must be purchased via the SRF.


The cost is £305.64 per tape. A tape has a capacity of about 2.5TBs. There is a slight difference in price between charging for use of PETAL on grants that already exist, compared to listing the calculated indexed costs on a grant awaiting future approval. The costs associated with the SRF will be re-assessed each year by the FO and adjusted. For further information on the charges, contact the Faculty of Environment Finance Office.

For further information please visit the links below:

Service Level Agreement     –     How To Use it     –     FAQ     –     Contact Us