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News Release

November 17, 2021

Fujifilm and iRODS partner to provide an archive solution that can easily scale to handle exponential data growth

New Delhi November 17, 2021 – Fujifilm India Recording Media Division and the iRODS Consortium today announce 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 organizations 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 S3 abstraction that iRODS provides. In addition to regular S3 compatibility, Fujifilm and the iRODS Consortium worked together to add functionality comparable to Amazon Glacier* 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 reducing costs and energy consumption 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 on the Glacier features,” 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 organizations.”

“The new interoperability between Object Archive and iRODS will greatly benefit organizations who use both products and potentially create new use cases as well,” said Tom Nakatani, vice president of sales & marketing at FUJIFILM Recording Media Division. “We are pleased to successfully implement this joint solution to better support our collaborators and users.”

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 similar to Amazon Glacier. By using FUJIFILM Object Archive software to optimize existing storage, organizations can eliminate egress fees, offload colder data to tape, maintain chain of custody, utilize the lowest-cost tier of storage, and minimize cyber threats by providing a physical air-gap to data.

About the iRODS Consortium

The iRODS Consortium is a membership-based organization that guides development and support of iRODS as free open source software for data discovery, workflow automation, secure collaboration, and data virtualization. The iRODS Consortium provides a production-ready iRODS distribution and iRODS professional integration services, training, and support. The consortium is administered by founding member RENCI, a research institute for applications of cyberinfrastructure located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

About Fujifilm India Pvt Ltd

Fujifilm established in 1934 has believed in Innovation and creation of new values through leading edge and proprietary technologies. Fujifilm as a firm believer in innovation continues to work hard to provide consumer the best products and services. Beginning as Japan's pioneering photographic film maker, Fujifilm has leveraged its imaging and information technology to become a global presence known for innovation in healthcare, graphic arts, optical devices, highly functional materials and other high-tech areas. Fujifilm is continuously working towards early detection of disease and generating awareness among general public by conducting awareness programs, for promoting TB and Cancer screening.