British Library boosts storage for archiving programme

The British Library has chosen disk-based storage from Nexsan to support a major digital archiving project.


The British Library has chosen disc-based storage from Nexsan to support the ongoing digital archiving programme at the national facility.

The library is planning to digitise 300 terabytes of documents in the next five years, and has identified a need for much larger storage arrays to cope with the increase.

The library is legally responsible for keeping archives of all literary and factual material published in the UK, and is currently digitising many of the paper documents it holds. Among its projects,100,000 historical books will be digitised for an online service called Live Search Books.

Nexsan’s SATABeast disk storage range is already in use at the library and the latest deal means the library will add to its disk-based storage in the years ahead.

Paul Wooler, technical analyst with the British Library, said the SATABeast technology was chosen in part because of its green credentials.

"One of the things that most interested us when looking for the right solution was the AutoMAID energy-saving technology that delivers energy savings without compromising performance," he said.

He said SATABeast was "a powerful green storage technology with built-in security and resilience that can handle vast quantities of data” while also offering good value.

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