Why Should I Use the OLRC?
The OLRC automatically replicates every file to three geographically separate locations. If one of these replicas becomes unreadable, a new replica is created by the system from the two remaining available replicas and is stored in a different location to ensure consistent, reliable access.
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.
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 storage nodes are connected through the private ORION research network and housed in university owned and operated data centers across Ontario. No traffic travels over the public internet, and connections use SSL encryption. All data uploaded is encrypted at rest.
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 be accessed via a web application called Horizon. Horizon is Openstack’s default dashboard where you can manage users and projects, and browse, upload and download files.
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.
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.
How much does the OLRC cost?
|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|
* Includes 5TB of object storage, technical support from Scholars Portal staff, and voting representation on governance group (OCUL libraries only).
** Libraries outside of OCUL will be charged a one-time initial investment fee when joining the service. Other fees will be charged at the same rate as OCUL libraries, as listed in the table above.
*** From disk or tape to the cloud; Charged per hour of staff time.
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