Welcome to iRODS

The Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) is open source data management software used by research organizations and government agencies worldwide.  iRODS is released as a production-level distribution aimed at deployment in mission critical environments.  It virtualizes data storage resources, so users can take control of their data, regardless of where and on what device the data is stored. As data volumes grow and data services become more complex, iRODS is increasingly important in data management. The development infrastructure supports exhaustive testing on supported platforms; plug-in support for microservices, storage resources, drivers, and databases; and extensive documentation, training and support services.

iRODS is released under a BSD license.  Packaged binaries and source code are available.

Benefits of iRODS

  • iRODS enables data discovery using a metadata catalog that describes every file, every directory, and every storage resource in the data grid.
  • iRODS automates data workflows, with a rule engine that permits any action to be initiated by any trigger on any server or client in the grid.
  • iRODS enables secure collaboration, so users only need to log in to their home grid to access data hosted on a remote grid.
  • iRODS implements data virtualization, allowing access to distributed storage assets under a unified namespace, and freeing organizations from getting locked in to single-vendor storage solutions.

The iRODS Consortium is tasked with ensuring the sustainability of the iRODS technology and providing a mechanism for uniting members of similar interest in the success and sustainability of iRODS.  See iRODS Consortium for benefits and information on becoming a member.