Researchers can access their files in Google Cloud object storage via the same easy-to-use Globus interface already used to manage data on other systems. Users use their existing institutional credentials to move and share data from Google Cloud. 

With Globus for Google Cloud users can easily move and share files of any size (from GB to PB) between Google Cloud and other systems (HPC centers, local clusters, or your laptop). Researchers can share data instantly by clicking and sharing Google Cloud files with collaborators using their existing institutional login or email; there is no need for them to request a Google Cloud account.

Administrators can streamline and simplify user access to Google Cloud while ensuring control and visibility into how users access and store their data.

Currently, Penn State's standard subscription to Globus provides researchers with access to:

  • File Transfer
  • Managed Endpoints
  • Management Console
  • Usage Reports
  • File Sharing
  • Technical Support for Globus Connect, Web, or the Command Line Interface
  • Application Integration Support
  • HTTPS Support

Getting Started: 

More Information: 

Globus FAQ

Data Sharing with Globus

Data Transfer with Globus

Globus Platform-as-a-Service


This service is part of the Research Data category.



  • This is an active service


  • Any current faculty, staff, or research affiliate


Information Security: 


  • Penn State currently holds a standard subsciption for Globus and is responsible for the cost of the contract