Last Updated: April 30, 2019

Globus allows you, as a resource provider, to easily offer reliable, secure, high-performance research data management capabilities to your users and their collaborators, directly from your own storage. Globus is a cloud-based service designed to let users manage their research data, regardless of its location or number of files or size, as effortlessly as they manage their photos with popular personal data sharing/management services. Globus lets you provide authorized users with web, command line, and REST interfaces for listing, transferring, replicating, and sharing directories and files on your Globus connected storage resources. In addition, Globus provides search platform capabilities. You can learn more about Globus capabilities and benefits from the researcher and resource provider overview pages.

These guides are written primarily for system administrators of multi-user Linux systems who want to take full advantage of Globus capabilities and optimize the connection of their resources to the Globus service. Administrators who are installing Globus for the first time, as well as those with considerable experience, should all find helpful information in this document.

Globus currently has two major versions of Globus Connect Server which are briefly described below. Please review the key capabilities for each version, and choose the software that meets your needs.

Globus Connect Server version 4

Globus Connect Server version 4 is the fully featured stable version of the server, and the most widely deployed. This version is recommended for most deployments running in production, and should meet the requirements of most organizations. This version supports the various storage systems described here, as well as deployments that use multiple servers or data transfer nodes.

Detailed installation and update instructions for this version are available in the Globus Connect Server v4 Installation Guide.

Globus Connect Server version 5

Globus Connect Server version 5 is the next evolution of the server software. It provides new capabilities and enhancements for both administrators and users, and platform features to build interesting solutions for data management.


Globus Connect Server version 5 does not yet have all of the features available in version 4. Until it does, we are offering a series of point releases (e.g., version 5.3), each release adding incrementally more capabilities. These releases are in limited production and are intended for organizations that need to use specific features that aren’t available in version 4.

If you are currently running Globus Connect Server version 5.0, 5.1, or 5.2, you’ll should update to version 5.3. See the update section of the Globus Connect Server installation guide for details.

The latest release is Globus Connect Server version 5.3. This version offers the following features.

  • Support for the following storage systems: Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, POSIX, Box, CEPH, S3, SpectraLogic BlackPearl

  • Guest collections (equivalent to v4 shared endpoints)

  • Mapped collections (high assurance only)

  • HTTPS access to data - for direct access from browsers and other HTTPS clients

  • GridFTP access to data - for reliable, bulk data transfer via the Globus transfer service

If you are looking to use Globus with restricted data that requires high assurance, such as PHI, PII, or controlled but unclassified data, please refer to our guide for High Assurance Collections for Protected Data.

Unlike previous versions, a single installation of Globus Connect Server version 5 can support multiple storage connectors. This version cannot be run on the same machine as Globus Connect Server version 4 and it requires a Globus subscription, as it only supports premium features. To get started, use the Globus Connect Server v5 Installation Guide.

At this time, Globus Connect Server version 4 cannot be upgraded to version 5, and deployments of version 5 require separate servers. Once Globus Connect Server version 5 reaches feature parity with version 4, migration tools and instructions will be provided.