[ome-devel] Fwd: Backups from OMERO

Josh Moore josh at glencoesoftware.com
Mon Nov 26 10:25:48 GMT 2012

Hi Tim,

On Nov 20, 2012, at 6:49 PM, Kees Machielsen wrote:

> Hi Tim,
> We have developed a solution to this problem together with Perkin Elmer.
> Please see www.omerostoragemanager.com for more information and/or an
> evaluation version.
> Don't hesitate to contact us for more information.
> Best regards, Kees Machielsen
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ome-devel-bounces at lists.openmicroscopy.org.uk
> [mailto:ome-devel-bounces at lists.openmicroscopy.org.uk] On Behalf Of Melissa
> Linkert
> Sent: dinsdag 20 november 2012 18:32
> To: t.j.hawkins at durham.ac.uk
> Cc: ome-devel at lists.openmicroscopy.org.uk
> Subject: [ome-devel] Fwd: Backups from OMERO
> Hi Tim,
> I'm afraid I don't have the answer to your question, but I am forwarding
> your message to the ome-devel mailing list
> (https://www.openmicroscopy.org/site/community/mailing-lists) as that is
> the best place for this sort of discussion.
> Regards,
> -Melissa
> ----- Forwarded message from Tim Hawkins <t.j.hawkins at durham.ac.uk> -----
> Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:24:18 +0000
> From: Tim Hawkins <t.j.hawkins at durham.ac.uk>
> Subject: Backups from OMERO
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> Dear Melissa, OME team.
> I run the bioimaging facilities here at Durham University and we have
> OMERO setup and running on our a DeLL server rack, 15TB. We do not
> want to use this for very long term storage however.
> If possible we would like to identify those entries in the database
> which are of a certain age and back these up on to another system,
> leaving this server for more current working datasets.
> Is it possible to do this within omero, can we splice out older
> entries regularly to a separate database for example. Can Omero
> automate this?
> I have an IT committee meeting tomorrow at 2pm, if you could give me
> an idea if this is feasible before then that would be fantastic.

Apologies for not getting back to you immediately. Hopefully Kees' response showed that archiving is certainly technically possible if not supported out of the box. There is certainly growing interest in simplifying the work needed to implement an archiving solution, and once FS has been implemented, which is our current milestone [4_5], we will certainly be evaluating possible next steps. Any feedback you may have on that front would be very appreciated. The admittedly barebones place holder for this is ticket [914]

Available options in an vanilla OMERO install include:

 (1) export the images as OME-TIFF, though this will inevitably lose some of the linkages that you'd likely like to preserve;

 (2) Move the images to another group so that they are not accessed by accident, which can be used in combination with

 (3) Moving the binary data to slower media and adding symlinks under /OMERO.

If you'd like more information on any of the above, let us know.


 * [4_5] https://trac.openmicroscopy.org.uk/ome/milestone/OMERO-4.5

 * [914] https://trac.openmicroscopy.org.uk/ome/ticket/914

> Best wishes
> Tim
> -- 
> Dr Tim Hawkins
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> Biological & Biomedical Sciences
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