Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) and the leading provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions, today announced that it is supporting the National Library of Scotland (NLS) in its plans to build a digital archive; allowing it to ramp up its digitisation efforts. The library’s Digital Repository (DR), which is starting to be populated with digital copies of the Library’s collection of over 14 million items which includes nearly 2 million maps and 100,000 manuscripts, is accessible to public viewers both within and outside Scotland and preserves almost 400 years of the country’s historical and cultural heritage.
As the legal deposit library for Scotland, NLS is entitled to claim a copy of each one of the 6,000 publications released in Great Britain every week. In 2004 the library adopted a new strategy of “Breaking through the Walls,” aiming to make its collections more accessible to a wider range of people no matter where they are located. With new titles being added daily, the library needed to ensure that its DR was not only available to current users but also able to grow substantially.
The library includes among its collection some extremely valuable historical documents, including the first Scottish books ever printed, so it also had to be secure enough to keep the nation’s literary and cultural assets safe for future generations to enjoy.
NLS began looking for a highly secure and stable storage platform to support its ever-expanding digital archive. As part of the search, the NLS visited a number of sites where Hitachi storage solutions were demonstrating the advanced levels of availability the library wanted. Impressed by these installations, the Library chose long-term Hitachi Data Systems partner Viglen as its storage partner.
“It was essential for us to find a solution that offered superior levels of service and a lot of capacity to ensure this vital resource is available to the public twenty four hours a day,” said David Dinham, ICT Manager, National Library of Scotland. “We conducted a thorough evaluation of the options available to us and found that the offering from Viglen and Hitachi Data Systems was the best fit.”
Steve Murphy, Managing Director, Hitachi Data Systems UK commented: “The National Library of Scotland is playing an essential role in preserving the written history and culture of Scotland and the UK. We are proud to assist it in making these priceless resources accessible to members of the public for years to come.”
Viglen proposed a storage solution comprising hardware and de-duplication software from Hitachi, with an OnStor NAS gateway to provide a platform for the Trusted Digital Archive. The deployment included two Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 1000 systems, each with 120 terabytes of capacity, Hitachi ShadowImage Replication in-system software and Hitachi TrueCopy Extended Distance asynchronous replication software. An OnStor NAS Gateway system was also installed to replace the existing Microsoft Windows server environment.
“Viglen’s vast experience with public sector organisations meant we could propose a solution to meet the National Library of Scotland’s unique requirements exactly. This technology is helping to make precious, historically important items of Scotland’s heritage accessible to many people for the first time,” said Bordan Tkachuk, CEO, Viglen.
About the National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland is a major European research library and is the world’s leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots - an information treasure trove for Scotland’s knowledge, history and culture.
The Library’s collections are of world-class importance. Key areas include rare books, manuscripts, maps, music, official publications, business information, science and technology, and the modern and foreign collections.
The Library holds well over 14 million items, including printed items, approximately 100,000 manuscripts and nearly 2 million maps. Every week it collects approximately 6,000 new items via Legal Deposit.
NLS holds many of Scotland’s literary treasures including the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, written six hours before her execution; the Order for the Massacre of Glencoe 1692; the world’s greatest collections of Sir Walter Scott and Thomas Carlyle manuscripts; works of Robert Burns; Robert Louis Stevenson papers; a Gutenberg bible (1455); the Murthly Hours (late 13th C); and modern collections of Scottish writers.
Other special collections include the Scottish Screen Archive, Scotland’s national moving image collection and the John Murray Archive, featuring correspondence from such iconic figures as Charles Darwin, Lord Byron, Jane Austen, David Livingstone and Sir Walter Scott among many more.
NLS runs an all-year-round programme of free events, exhibitions and other activities.
About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems Corporation provides Services Oriented Storage Solutions that enable heterogeneous storage to be dynamically provisioned according to business needs and centrally managed via industry-leading Hitachi storage virtualisation software. As an integral part of the Hitachi Storage Solutions Group, Hitachi Data Systems delivers storage infrastructure platforms, storage management software, and storage consulting services through direct and indirect channels in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include nearly 60-percent of Fortune 100 companies.
About Hitachi, Ltd
Hitachi, Ltd., (hds.com), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 390,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2007 (ended March 31, 2008) consolidated revenues totaled 11,226 billion yen ($112.2 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services.
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