Policies & Agreements

As is the case with many cloud services, one name (in this case, Globus) can refer to many products. This page spells out exactly what is available, who can use it, and under what conditions.

What is provided?

The following Globus services are available for free from Globus, without a subscription:

Stanford’s Globus subscription covers the following services:

There are no limits on the above services. You can have an unlimited number of endpoints, make as many transfers as you want, and transfer as much data as you want.

There are also some services provided by Globus, which are not currently available:

  • Globus Premium Storage Connectors

    These are add-ons that allow Globus to interact directly with non-POSIX data stores. Connectors currently exist (or are planned) for Amazon S3, Box, Ceph RADOS, Google Drive, Hadoop HDFS HGST ActiveScale, HPSS, and Spectra Logic BlackPearl.

    Our subscription does not currently include support for any of these connectors. We are looking for groups interested in helping cover the cost of licensing connectors for campus use. If your group is interested, please reach out!

Our subscription expires on May 16, 2020. Continued funding by the University will depend on us demonstrating use of, and continued need for, the service. So, please keep in touch.

Who can use it?

The free Globus services can be used by anyone. If you have a SUNetID, you should feel free to use it to access Globus services.

Our Globus subscription covers everyone who reports up to the President. The complete list is best represented by the charts contained in Admin Guide Chapter 9.

The groups excluded from Stanford’s Globus Subscription are:

  • Carnegie Institution.

  • Stanford Health Care.

  • Stanford Children’s Health.

  • The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

SLAC’s exclusion is because, even though the SLAC Director and Vice President do report to the President and/or Provost, Stanford operates SLAC on behalf of the Department of Energy.

If you are a member of one of the above groups, we suggest leveraging any relationships you have with one of the Seven Schools. Should that fail, a separate subscription would need to be negotiated.

Finally, Globus Plus is only available to people who have a full-service (or full sponsored) SUNetID. In other words, if you have Stanford email, then you can use Globus plus! If you do not have Stanford email, ask your Stanford contact about getting a full sponsored account.

Data Collection & Privacy

By using Globus, certain data are collected by Globus and by Stanford. This section talks about data collected by Stanford; the next section talks about data collected by Globus.

Note that in this section, the word “endpoint” refers to Globus Connect Server endpoints, as well as shared endpoints hosted by Globus Connect Server endpoints, that are managed under Stanford’s Globus subscription.

When you perform any operation involving an endpoint, something may be logged. For example, activating an endpoint (or attempting to activat an endpoint) may log details of the attempt. For MyProxy and MyProxy OAuth authentications, those logs will exist on the MyProxy (or MyProxy OAuth) server. For CILogon authentications, those logs will exist with CILogon. Also, for all authentication methods, Globus will have a record of the endpoint activation, because Globus holds the credentials related to the endpoint activation.

When you perform metadata-related activities involving an endpoint (such as doing a directory listing), logs of the activity may be generated on the endpoint where the activity is taking place.

When you perform a transfer between endpoints, it is logged in three places. First, Globus keeps a log of the transfer. The log includes the identity of the person initiating the transfer; the identity of each endpoint; the date & time that the transfer started and ended; the number of files (and amount of data) involved in the transfer; and the ultimate result of the transfer. Each endpoint may also log exactly which files were transferred.

Logs generated on endpoints are kept by the endpoint administrators, who should be contacted for details. Logs generated by Globus are accessed by SRCC, who uses them to gather metrics on how Globus is used at Stanford. This is mainly used for capacity planning (making sure endpoints have enough resources to keep up with data-transfer needs), and also to justify continuing to pay for the subscription.

All information logged is handled in accordance with Admin Guide Chapter 6.

Other Policies & Agreements

Only Low and Moderate Risk data may be accessed using Globus. Globus has not been evaluated for handling data rated as High Risk. As always, it is up to the data owners to determine the Risk Classification for their data.

Only Low Risk data may be used with Globus Search. Globus Search is a component of the Globus Publish platform, a platform for identifying, searching, and sharing data sets. This limitation is because the cloud-based component of Globus Search does not encrypt data at rest.

Globus Connect Server and Globus Connect Personal are licensed under the terms described on the Globus Software Agreement page.

There may be other legal terms from Globus; you can see the complete list in the Globus Legal page.

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