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DeepSpace is a low cost storage solution for researchers requiring long-term, networked data storage. It is ideally suited for large amounts of data and complete collections or published datasets that are accessed infrequently. DeepSpace primarily uses tape storage to keep costs low and has longer retrieval times than Intersect's active storage - SpaceShuttle and SpaceLab. Three synced copies of your data are stored on tape and disk at two different locations, so you can be confident of integrity and security. 

Who is DeepSpace for?

Individual researchers or groups (e.g. faculties, facilities or institutions) wanting to archive published datasets. 

Why use DeepSpace? 

With DeepSpace, you can: 

  • Transfer data via the dedicated high-speed Australian Academic and Research Network optical fibre network (with no ingress or egress charges between AARNet destinations). 
  • Store large amounts (up to petabytes) of data that you do not need to access frequently. 
  • Manage access to your data safely and securely, using your existing university/institution credentials.

How does it work? 

DeepSpace provides a suite of tools to help move your data to and from archival storage and enable access to and download of your data. 


  • Transfer and retrieve your data, using Aspera technology. 
  • Transfer securely using AES-128 data encryption.
  • Automate workflows using scriptable command line tools (optional).


  • Your data is securely held in a Tier 3 data centre located in Sydney, with the highest levels of accredited security, availability and reliability.
  • It is kept safe in entreprise-grade storage with three synced copies of your data stored on tape at two locations. 


  • Control who has access to your data. 


How do I get started with DeepSpace? 

Contact the Intersect eResearch Analyst at your institution for advice on getting started with DeepSpace or contact Intersect at

Read our Space use cases: 


Minimum Requirements 

  • Mac OS X 10.7+, Windows 2008r2, 2012, Linux 64-bit and later
  • Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 27+, Google Chrome 32+, Safari 6+ and later
  • Optional command line
  • AAF account for authentication
  • Access for non-AAF members available through your affiliated University / institution via the AAF Virtual Home


Nominal Performance

  • Interconnect speeds AARNet: 10 Gigabits per second (Gb/s), Science DMZ: 10 Gb/s, 10 Gb/s, institutions: 1 Gb/s, 10 Gb/s, 40 Gb/s
  • Storage capacity up to 50 Petabytes.
Note: All figures are rated maximums. Actual performance will vary depending on local technical constraints. 


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