The iRODS Consortium

The iRODS Consortium brings together businesses, research organizations, universities, and government agencies to ensure the sustainability of iRODS by:

  • Guiding further development of the software;

  • Growing the user and developer communities; and

  • Facilitating iRODS support, education, and collaboration opportunities.

The Consortium maintains and supports a commercial-grade distribution of iRODS

The iRODS Consortium fields a team of software developers, application engineers, and support staff housed at RENCI at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Each year, the Consortium hosts the iRODS User Group Meeting, a symposium that draws 100+ participants to Chapel Hill to share iRODS technologies and case studies.

iRODS Support

The iRODS Consortium provides support through Consortium membership and on contract. Commercial support is available through the iRODS Partner Program. See the iRODS Support page for additional information.

iRODS Consortium Membership

iRODS Consortium members direct the technology and governance of iRODS through monthly Technology Working Group and Planning Committee meetings. In addition, Consortium members receive priority access to support, training, and consulting.

The iRODS Consortium can also assist commercial members in bringing iRODS-related products and services to market by:

  • Providing directed software development and support,

  • Including vendor equipment and software in the iRODS continuous integration and test environment, and

  • Co-marketing vendor technology that is “Powered by iRODS.”

Additionally, Consortium staff are available to educate and co-present with member sales teams on iRODS and data management topics.

See the iRODS Consortium Benefits Table and document program for more information about Consortium membership, or contact us at

Consortium Members


RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute) develops and deploys advanced technologies to enable research discoveries and practical innovations. RENCI partners with researchers, policy makers, and technology leaders to engage and solve the challenging problems that affect North Carolina, our nation and the world. An institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RENCI was launched in 2004 as a collaborative effort involving the UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University.

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The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is one of 27 research institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.

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Whether you need to accelerate data-intensive applications and workflows or scale in performance and capacity, DataDirect Networks (DDN) can help you unlock the value of your data. Proven at scale in the largest and most demanding environments, DDN resolves high performance storage challenges through block, file, and object storage technology integrated with seamless data management. As a close development partner on iRODS, we can help you architect a solution that offers lowest total cost of ownership through easy, seamless scalability; optimized storage utilization; and reduced latency, management complexity, power consumption and datacenter footprint.

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HGST branded storage solutions power the markets and companies that shape our lives—enabling possibilities for the cloud, enterprise and sophisticated infrastructures everywhere.

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Intel® Software sits at the intersection of hardware, interoperability and amazing customer experiences. We partner with the global technology ecosystem to make development easy, open and scalable, so developers can do what they do best; deliver groundbreaking applications and end-to-end solution on Intel technologies the fast, massively scalable storage needed to accelerate performance, even on complex workloads.

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Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is one of the world's leading genome centres. Through its ability to conduct research at scale, it is able to engage in bold and long-term exploratory projects that are designed to influence and empower medical science globally. Institute research findings, generated through its own research programmes and through its leading role in international consortia, are being used to develop new diagnostics and treatments for human disease.

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Utrecht University

Utrecht University is an international research university and the alma mater of many leading academics and scientists. With almost 30,000 students, more than 6,000 staff, and a 2016 annual budget of €790 million, it is one of the largest and highest ranked European universities.

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MSC is a leading provider of both scientific information technology (IT) solutions and biomedical research services to the Federal health and life sciences community, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). MSC is integrated into some of the largest biomedical and clinical research and big data management initiatives across the Federal Government. We provide highly-specialized support to mission-critical programs that leverage cutting-edge technologies with applications to accelerate scientific discovery.

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OCF specialises in supporting the significant big data challenges of private and public UK organisations. Our in-house team and extensive partner network can design, integrate, manage or host the high performance compute, storage hardware and analytics software necessary for customers to extract value from their data. With a 15-year heritage in HPC, managing big data challenges, OCF now works with over 20 per cent of the UK's Universities, Higher Education Institutes and Research Councils, as well as commercial clients from the automotive, aerospace, financial, manufacturing, media, oil & gas, pharmaceutical and utilities industries.

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University College London

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The Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) provides balanced and cost-effective resources and user support for large-scale computation and data storage to researchers in all scientific disciplines nationwide. The resources are made available through open application procedures such that the best Swedish research is supported.

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Dell EMC

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. Dell EMC services customers across 180 countries – including 98 percent of the Fortune 500 – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from edge to core to cloud.

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen (UG) is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. The University is in the top 100 of several important ranking lists. It is very popular with its 30,000 students and staff (5,500 FTE) from home and abroad. They are challenged to excel, burgeoning talent is cultivated and the keyword is quality. The University is committed to actively cooperating with its partners in society, with a special focus on its research themes Healthy Ageing, Energy and Sustainable Society.

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SURFsara provides the Dutch national e-infrastructure to researchers at universities, university medical centres and all other research institutions in the Netherlands. It connects research and advanced ICT. Scientific research is part of SURFsara's DNA, and it has expertise in High Performance Computing. Its experts optimise software and algorithms to ensure more research can be conducted more quickly and in more detail or to present research results. SURFsara also supports research with long-term storage and accessibility of data in order to process and analyse large volumes of data. This is how it facilitates scientific research and rolls out innovations for the business world.

SURF is part of the SURF cooperative, a collaborative ICT organisation for education and research in the Netherlands.

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