iRODS Hosting

Makes research data management easier

Would you like to use iRODS to manage research data from your institution or research group? But you don't want to spend time or deploy hardware managing the iRODS software? iRODS Hosting makes it simple for you to benefit from the high-quality data management facilities offered by iRODS.
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SURF takes the hosting tasks off your hands, such as security, backup, archiving and updates.

Access to other services

Integration with various other SURF services, such as data storage and computing power.


We offer support and customisation to meet your specific needs and integrate iRODS with your existing infrastructure.

Do you have a question about iRODS Hosting? Get in touch.

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RDM platform 'as-a-service'

iRODS is open-source data management software that offers a range of research data management (RDM) functionalities, such as secure data sharing, storage virtualisation, metadata management, access control and rule-based workflows. This allows you to comply with your institution's data management policies.

Although powerful and flexible, iRODS is quite complex middleware that needs further configuration and integration before it can be used by researchers. Institutions do not always have the expertise available to develop and manage an iRODS environment without hefty investments.

With iRODS Hosting, SURF offers the possibility of using a (partially or fully) hosted iRODS environment. This significantly lowers the threshold for using iRODS. If required, we can support in configuring and integrating the hosted iRODS environment with existing systems.

Related services

  1. With Yoda, you can securely store, add metadata to, analyse, publish and archive data. You can also collaborate easily, even outside your institution. By having Yoda hosted at SURF, you do not need to know as much about the technology behind it, and you can use our data storage solutions.
  2. Do you need extra storage capacity for research data? With the Storage scale-out module for iRODS, you make simple and flexible use of the Data Archive at SURF. For example, for storing large datasets or data that are not actively used.
  3. Do you want to store your data safely and long-term? The Data Archive is the perfect place for that, even if it involves petabytes. From the archive, you also have quick access to our computing services.