FUJIFILM and iRODS partner to provide an archive solution that can easily scale to handle exponential data growth
SYDNEY, 12 November 2021 – FUJIFILM and the iRODS Consortium have announced a collaboration and integration creating a joint solution built upon FUJIFILM Object Archive software. This joint solution leverages the benefits of a tape storage tier, providing an automated archiving workflow for research, commercial and governmental organisations that require storing large – and in most cases rapidly growing – amounts of data.
With this solution, FUJIFILM Object Archive becomes a deep tier archive storage target while iRODS provides a data management platform for users who produce massive amounts of research and analytics data.
FUJIFILM Object Archive software has been tested with the iRODS S3* plugin and now fully supports the AMAZON S3 abstraction that iRODS provides. In addition to regular S3 compatibility, FUJIFILM and the iRODS Consortium worked together to add functionality to the iRODS S3 Resource Plugin.
This new functionality will be available as part of the upcoming iRODS 4.2.11 release.
Moving appropriate data to the tape tier provides the benefits of air-gap security and scalability while being very cost-effective and energy-efficient when compared to other storage media. Additionally, FUJIFILM Object Archive software supports the new, higher-capacity LTO-9** tape technology, making the solution potentially even more efficient, economical and scalable.
We are very excited to be working with FUJIFILM,” said Terrell Russell, interim executive director of the iRODS Consortium. “Together, we are building a long-term relationship that will be good for our users and both organisations.”
“The new interoperability between Object Archive and iRODS will greatly benefit organisations who use both products and potentially create new use cases as well,” said Tom Nakatani, vice president of sales & marketing at FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. “We are pleased to successfully implement this joint solution to better support our collaborators and users.”
FUJIFILM LTO-9 data cartridge
FUJIFILM is the world’s leading data storage tape manufacturer.1 Its FUJIFILM Object Archive software allows object storage to be seamlessly written to and read from data tape media with FUJIFILM’s OTFormat. Using the industry-standard Amazon S3-compatible API, the software offers the same operability as cloud storage and easy long-term retention of data. By using FUJIFILM Object Archive software to optimise existing storage, organisations can eliminate egress fees, offload colder data to tape, maintain chain of custody, utilise a cost-effective tier of storage, and minimise cyber threats by providing a physical airgap to data.
* “Amazon”, and “Amazon S3” are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.
**Linear Tape-Open LTO, the LTO logo, Ultrium and the Ultrium logo are registered trademarks of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Quantum in the US and other countries.
1 – Based on market share
Object Archive logo
FUJIFILM’s new LTO-9 data cartridge (front)