The OLRC automatically maintains three copies of every file in the cloud in three separate locations across the network. If one of these copies becomes unreadable, a new copy is created by the system from the two remaining good copies.
The OLRC keeps costs low by taking advantage of economical commodity storage and the ORION high-speed network that connects Ontario’s universities, thereby eliminating the data transfer charges typical of commercial cloud storage services.
Storage nodes in the OLRC are connected through the private ORION research network, and are housed in university owned and operated data centers across Ontario. None of the traffic travels over the public internet, and connections use SSL encryption.
The OLRC stores and reads files using simple HTTP protocols. This means that it can be integrated into a wide variety of workflows and applications, and accessed from any Internet-connected device for easy file management.
The OLRC is based on OpenStack, an open-source software platform for cloud computing. OpenStack is actively developed by hundreds of developers globally, and used by public cloud providers, corporations, and universities to deliver enterprise cloud services.
The OLRC can easily be accessed via a web application developed by Scholars Portal called SwiftBrowser. SwiftBrowser allows users to upload files to OLRC containers through a simple drag and drop web interface. SwiftBrowser is available as a hosted application through Scholars Portal, or can be downloaded from GitHub and installed locally.
Archivematica is an open-source digital preservation workflow management application. Through its Storage Service module, Swift containers can be designated as storage destinations for both AIPs and DIPs. This allows the OLRC to be integrated into Archivematica preservation workflows, and in turn, Archivematica integrates with repository tools.
DuraCloud is an open-source technology used to manage files in a variety of storage systems. DuraCloud is developed by DuraSpace and has been modified to run locally by Scholars Portal and the University of Toronto Libraries as the future frontend for the OLRC. This project has been made possible by support from CANARIE.
|Base Subscription *||$1380/year|
|Per 1 TB||$276/year|
|Per 10 TB||$2604/year|
|Per 50 TB||$12272/year|
|One-Time Investment Fee (Non-OCUL Libraries) **||$1000|
|Data Transfer Services ***||$75/hour|
|Network Data Transfer Fees||No Charge|
|Tape Backup||Pricing Available on Request|