Alcova is a highly collaborative space geared toward project-oriented data storage for use by UWYO research groups and their collaborators. 

To provide users with a seamless computing experience, Alcova is connected to the UWyo network for blazing-fast transfer speeds starting at 40 Gbps, to Teton at 100 Gbps via EDR Infiniband, and through Globus Online to our Scientific DMZ at 100 Gbps. The service is designed and operated such that access to data in the Project should be limited only by the receiving endpoint or intervening network connections, not the UW infrastructure. Thus, UW researchers will be able to share (and/or host) research data via a service that provides world-class speeds.

To provide enhanced collaboration and control, Principal Investigators may assign access permissions to other UWyo users or external users.

  • High-performance storage with easy access from Windows and Mac and data sharing capabilities via Globus Online.

  • Daily backups.

  • 20 days worth of snapshots will help recover from recent accidental data loss.


How to Request a Storage Allocation:

To request an Alcova allocation, please fill out the Request New Project form.

Connecting to Alcova

Note: off-campus users will need to establish a VPN connection using Pulse Secure first, and connect with their UWYO credentials in the format:
Username: uwyo\<username>
Password: <uwyo password>

Alcova can be accessed from any of the three primary OS families using their standard tools:



Linux and macOS:


Windows File Explorer:



The Globus endpoint name for Alcova is Alcova Filesystem Access.

For more information about using Globus, please refer to: Globus for Data Transfer

Access from Beartooth

Alcova is accessible from the Beartooth compute cluster at speeds up to 100 Gbps. You can access homes or common by changing directory to /alcova.

Beartooth documentation can be found on the Beartooth page.