Saatchi Gallery opens with virtual platform

London's new Saatchi Gallery has adopted a virtualised IT platform for increased storage capacity, disaster recovery and security control.

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London's new Saatchi Gallery has adopted a virtualised IT platform for increased storage capacity, disaster recovery and security control.

The gallery, home to the collection of Charles Saatchi which re-opened in a new venue on Thursday after a three-year closure, runs a high available virtualised IT system built using a combination of technologies from VMware and Double-Take.

The virtualised platform, developed by software consultancy Octavia Information Systems, provides disaster recovery, storage and security. Octavia provided the entire IT infrastructure of the new building, including all server provisioning, and voice and data communications technology based on Microsoft Exchange 2007 for email and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for storage.

The system gives the Saatchi Gallery control over its file, database and email security, whilst providing extra storage capacity for all core systems. The gallery will use this storage to maintain an extensive image repository of all artwork in a bespoke image bank.

Nigel Hurst, chief executive at the Saatchi Gallery, said: "Ahead of opening the gallery, IT has been about the last thing on my mind. We needed an out-of-sight system that could do what we needed and as such required a technology partner that could take an innovative approach to the specific needs of this unique organisation. Octavia have delivered just that with a stable, high availability system that we can rely upon.”

Visitors to the gallery can also self register for membership using web terminals.

“This system for the Saatchi Gallery reduces the amount of hardware required, whilst providing increased resilience and future proofing options that will significantly reduce downtime,” said Octavia chief executive Giles Sirett.

The gallery's new venue is at the Duke of York's HQ building on the King's Road in Chelsea. The first exhibition in the new space will be The Revolution Continues: New Art from China, an exhibition of recent paintings, sculpture and installation from 24 Chinese artists.

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