Globus provides free and premium services for non-profit research and educational use. As a resource provider, all you need to get started is to install Globus Connect Server, and you may use it to create Globus endpoints on campus computing clusters or other storage resources at no cost. Non-profit researchers may transfer files to/from these endpoint free of charge. Our Provider plans enable you to deliver premium research data management services such as data sharing and support for Amazon S3 endpoints, advanced administration tools, and priority support with guaranteed response times. If you wish to use Globus to transfer and share files for commercial use (i.e. not for non-profit research and education), you must subscribe to one of our commercial Provider plans.

Why are we charging for Globus Provider plans? In short, to sustain Globus as a non-profit service to the non-profit research and education community. We recognize that Globus is not just a convenience, but a vital infrastructure component for many resource owners, HPC facilities, and research projects. Charging for high-value services allows us to fund the operations that support our users, and to continue delivering useful data management capabilities to the non-profit research and education community.

The prices listed below are available to non-profit research and education institutions, such as universities, national laboratories, and supercomputing facilities. (Prices effective: July 21, 2015)

Provider Subscriptions

Subscription Plan Starter Standard Standard Add-On* Unlimited
Transfer level   10TB/mo. 40TB/mo. +20TB/mo. Unlimited
Managed endpoints   Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
User level   10/mo. 40/mo. +20/mo. Unlimited
Management console          
Usage reports          
Shared endpoints          
Globus Plus users          
Amazon S3 endpoints (beta)          
Support for Globus Connect, Web, CLI          
Data publication (beta)          
Application integration          
Support service level   Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Central; 1-business day response
Named support contacts   1 5 1 20
Annual subscription $4,950 $9,950 $2,950 $89,500
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*Standard Add-On: You may add any number of these subscriptions to a Standard subscription in order to meet your user and transfer level needs.

Multi-Institution Organizations: The pricing above applies to a single institution. If your organization would like to deploy Globus at multiple institutions, e.g. at multiple campuses within a state university system or at multiple institutions served by a regional infrastructure provider, please contact us to discuss subscription pricing.

Campus-wide Deployments: If you are considering a campus-wide deployment and are unsure about which subscription type is right for your institution, please contact us.

Multi-year Discounts: We are happy to offer a discount on the above rates for multi-year subscriptions, paid up front. Two-year subscriptions receive a 2.5% discount and three-year subscriptions receive a 5% discount.

Branded Web Site Subscription ($4,950/year)

A branded web site "skins" all Globus functionality, such as login, file transfer, sharing, and groups, to look like an integral part of your web portal or application interface, ensuring a consistent user experience. You may embed your organization's logo, and style Globus service pages to provide the same "look and feel" as the rest of your site.

Alternate Identity Provider Subscription ($4,950/year)

The alternate identity provider subscription enables you to add a new alternative identity provider to Globus, that may be used in lieu of currently-supported Globus mechanisms for authenticating your users. For example, if your campus uses a custom identity management system for single sign-on, you may integrate that system with Globus so that your users can log into Globus using their campus credentials. Globus supports InCommon identity providers via CILogon, a standard feature that is available at no additional cost.

Mass Storage System Subscription ($4,950/year)

The mass storage system subscription enables optimized access to a managed endpoint on a mass storage system, e.g. to avoid thrashing the system's tape robot. We currently support HPSS-based systems. Please contact us if you are interested in other mass storage systems.

By subscribing to a Globus Commercial Provider plan you get a secure, reliable file transfer and sharing service at much lower cost than other commercial solutions, and your investment helps us operate a sustainable service for non-profit researchers.

Please contact us for commercial pricing.

Description of Provider Plan Features


Managed Endpoints: Endpoints use Globus Connect Server to connect a file system to Globus. A managed endpoint is an endpoint with full administrative capabilities enabled (management console, usage reports), capable of hosting shared endpoints, and for which you can receive technical support from the Globus team.


Transfer Level: The amount of data that can be transferred to or from your managed endpoints (and shared endpoints hosted on these managed endpoints) during any calendar month by all users. We measure this by aggregating the transfer volumes across all your Provider subscription’s managed endpoints. Note: For transfers between two endpoints under the same Provider subscription we only count the amount data of transfered against one of the endpoints.


User Level: The number of distinct Globus users that can transfer files to or from your managed endpoints (and shared endpoints hosted on these managed endpoints) during any calendar month.


Management Console: The management console provides a comprehensive view into current user activity on your managed endpoint(s) and their shared endpoints, enabling a resource administrator to see all active file transfer tasks on these endpoints, including faults that these tasks are encountering. The administrator may use the console to suspend, resume, and cancel active file transfer requests, as well as troubleshoot problematic file transfers.


Usage Reports: Usage reports provide historical information on how researchers are using Globus services on your managed endpoint(s) and their shared endpoints, which may be useful for internal allocation, billing, and other purposes. Provider subscriptions will allow you to request periodic usage reports (delivered as a comma-separated values (CSV) files) and analyze the data using your preferred tools.


Shared Endpoints: A managed endpoint can be configured to allow Globus users to create shared endpoints that are hosted by the managed endpoint.


Globus Plus Users: You may upgrade any user at your institution to Globus Plus as part of your Provider subscription. Globus Plus users can create shared endpoints on their personal computers (using Globus Connect Personal) and transfer files between Globus Connect Personal endpoints. All transfers involving your Plus users' personal endpoints count towards your Provider subscription's user and transfer levels.


Amazon S3 Endpoints: A "bucket" on Amazon Web Services S3 may be configured as a Globus endpoint. Note that, unlike standard Globus endpoints, an S3 endpoint does not require installation of Globus Connect Server. You can only create S3 endpoints as part of a Provider subscription. Please contact us if you would like to set up an S3 endpoint during our beta testing period.


Support for Globus Connect, Web, CLI: We have a dedicated support team that will respond to issues within a specified timeframe, and will work with the rest of the Globus team (and other service providers) to resolve them. Our support group will field questions related to Globus Connect (Personal and Server), the Globus web user interface, and the Globus command line interface (CLI).


Data Publication: Enables use of Globus data publication functions, including the ability to describe a dataset using standard identifiers and metadata, run the dataset through a curation workflow, and publish the dataset so that it may be discovered and used by others. More information on data publication is available here.


Application Integration: This is required for for organizations that have integrated Globus data management functionality into their web site or user portal. This allows you to build web applications that use Globus file transfer and sharing services via our REST API or the Globus user-interface widgets.


Support Service Level: Globus Provider subscriptions include support for a defined number of named contacts, during regular business hours of Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm US Central time (excluding US federal holidays), with 1 business day response, and commercially reasonable effort resolution.


Support Contacts: The number of named users that may submit and manage support requests on behalf of your organization for a given managed endpoint.