iRODS Consortium welcomes Seagate Technology as newest member

seagate_2c_pos RCHAPEL HILL, NC, November 10, 2014, 2014 – Seagate Technology, a world leader in storage solutions, is the latest corporation to join the iRODS Consortium, a group that supports and guides the continued development of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System, or iRODS.

The iRODS Consortium was formed almost two years ago by founding members RENCI and the Data Intensive Cyber Environment (DICE) research group, both based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Seagate joins three additional Consortium members: DataDirect Networks (DDN), the UK-based Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and EMC Corporation.

iRODS is highly configurable free open source software that provides data discovery, management, and sharing capabilities to an extensive user base, particularly in the life sciences and digital library community. The iRODS Consortium staffs a full-time engineering and support team that continues to develop iRODS, based on the software code originally developed by the DICE group.

Seagate recently announced it has further strengthened its position as a trusted storage solutions leader by delivering cloud systems and solutions for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and “do-it-yourself (DIY)” organizations. Seagate is building on its position as a steward of digital information, and its acquisitions of Xyratex and EVault, to deliver Intelligent Information Infrastructure systems that help partners and their customers manage the massive growth in digital data and deliver on next generation workloads.

Engineered for high-performance computing, Seagate’s ClusterStor solutions combine ultra dense data enclosures, operating system, hardware controllers, and the Lustre® file system in a consolidated, scale-out platform. The award-winning Seagate ClusterStor solution removes the complexities associated with deploying and maintaining traditional high-performance systems yielding faster time to results, ease of use and management, and world-class performance to meet mission-critical needs.

“Our customers require the ability to process ever-growing digital data sets for simulations, modeling, and real-time analytics with the highest performance possible,” said Ken Claffey, Vice President of ClusterStor, Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions. “As these data sets grow to multiple petabytes in size tools for data management and collaboration are increasingly essential. We see iRODS as an important technology for data management and we look forward to taking an active role in the success of iRODS and the iRODS Consortium.”

“Both Seagate and the iRODS Consortium understand how important it is to address the data management needs of research and business organizations who are facing an explosion of digital data,” said iRODS Consortium Executive Director Brand Fortner. “Seagate’s insights and expertise will make this consortium stronger. We enthusiastically welcome them to the iRODS community.”


Attendees of the SC14 conference in New Orleans will have the opportunity to learn more about iRODS and the iRODS Consortium in the RENCI booth (#533). iRODS developers will present demonstrations and tutorials of the newest version of the software (iRODS 4.0.3) and its plugins throughout the week.

Conference participants are also invited to attend an iRODS reception on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place, 100 Iberville St. beginning at 5 p.m. The reception, sponsored by consortium member DDN, will offer the chance to interact informally with iRODS users and consortium members, and to hear about iRODS use cases and success stories. Light food will be served and a cash bar will be available.

For more on iRODS and the iRODS consortium, visit


Please visit Seagate’s booth (#3239) to hear from industry thought leaders, ClusterStor customers and Seagate technology leaders on how HPC is addressing today’s complex market problems.

Seagate invites SC’14 attendees to its Inaugural Seagate HPC User Group in New Orleans, November 17, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center.   Attendees are encouraged to register online here as space is limited.

About Seagate

Seagate is a world leader in storage solutions. Learn more at Follow Seagate on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and subscribe to our blog.

©2014 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. Seagate, Seagate Technology, Lustre and the Wave logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.

Media Contacts:

Karen Green,
919.445.9648 (office)
919.619.8213 (mobile)

Marlena Fernandez,
(303) 408-3155