IBM Big Data Tools Preserve European Heritage

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-08-14

IBM and the Wroclaw University Library in Poland are teaming up on a national scientific project to preserve and digitize nearly 800,000 pages of distinctive European manuscripts, books and maps dating back to the Middle Ages and rarely accessible to the public until now. The project, co-founded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, creates the largest digital archive of medieval manuscripts and ancient geographical atlases in Poland. To handle the big data challenge of managing and providing fast search and retrieval services for up to 300 terabytes of information, the project uses a solution consisting of IBM System x servers and storage disk and storage area network (SAN) systems. IBM designed an IT platform based on IBM System x 3550 M3 servers, IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Disk Systems and IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express storage systems. The solution helps collect, preserve, store, manage and index all types of digital content, including text, images, audio and video. The IBM System Storage Easy Tier function automatically and non-disruptively manages frequently accessed data, eliminating manual intervention when requesting large volumes of information. This means that readers will be able to quickly open, view, retrieve and explore library documents online.


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