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  • True accessibility to a museum's collections in the 21 st century must involve electronic access to its documentation assets. Delivering this requires museums to identify and negotiate end user requirements, to re-purpose material, to maximise limited resources for content creation, and to develop the technology for capture and delivery. Where information lies in disparate systems, ways must be found of joining information sources to both maximise and simplify access to content. The V&A's experiences undertaking the Core Systems Integration Project, which initially aims to aggregate and deliver museum object, bibliographic and archival data, provide a useful example for others engaging with these issues.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered one of the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the V&A is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose: the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered one of the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the V&A is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose: the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered one of the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the V&A is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose: the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered one of the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the V&A is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose: the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered one of the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the V&A is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose: the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.
  • Using Server and Storage Virtualisation: Our journey to scalability

    1. 1. Using Server and Storage Virtualisation: Our journey to Scalability Sarah Winmill 12 November 2009
    2. 2. The Victoria and Albert Museum Victoria and Albert Museum, front façade As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world
    3. 3. The Victoria and Albert Museum Chihuly chandelier photographed by Claudedecf on 28 February 2006 and posted on flickr As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world
    4. 4. The Victoria and Albert Museum Volume overlap 1 photographed by rbrw on 21 December 2006 and posted on flickr As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world
    5. 5. V&A Collections <ul><li>Approximately 1.1 million three dimensional objects </li></ul>The Three Graces by Antonio Canova (© Victoria and Albert Museum)
    6. 6. V&A Collections <ul><li>Approximately 1.5 million flat paper objects </li></ul>Adam and Eve by Albrecht Durer (© Victoria and Albert Museum)
    7. 7. V&A Collections <ul><li>Many archives and collections including; </li></ul><ul><li>Beatrix Potter Collections </li></ul><ul><li>The V&A Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre Museum Archive </li></ul>Textile sample card from the archive of Zika Ascher (© Victoria and Albert Museum)
    8. 8. Inadequate infrastructure
    9. 9. Outdated server hardware
    10. 10. The Digital FuturePlan challenge Hemp string (c.400-1000) Mazartargh fort site
    11. 11. IS Services maturity model Infrastructure Transactional Strategic Agile
    12. 12. Inadequate infrastructure
    13. 13. 2008 Turing Server Room
    14. 14. Data storage requirements <ul><li>60TB of usable storage </li></ul><ul><li>Virtualised servers using VMWare </li></ul><ul><li>Build in Business Continuity Planning from the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>Robust enough to house ‘born digital’ works in the national collection </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable to meet future needs (video, audio, 3D) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Procurement process <ul><li>Pre-procurement market analysis </li></ul><ul><li>OGC Framework agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-qualification questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions around the key differentiators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have experience of….? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence your experience of….? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shortlist of suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>Full tender </li></ul><ul><li>Final selection </li></ul>
    16. 16. Data storage solution <ul><li>Viglen Storage Group with Hitachi Data Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>2 x Hitachi AMS 1000 loaded with 60TB storage each </li></ul><ul><li>QLogic 5802 Fabric Switches </li></ul><ul><li>ONStor Bobcat 2240 Gateways </li></ul><ul><li>Hitachi’s Storage Management Software </li></ul><ul><li>QLogic 6142 SAN Routers </li></ul><ul><li>Quantum i500 Native Fibre Tape Library with 4 x LTO-4 Drives </li></ul><ul><li>Case study available at: http:/ http://www.hds.com/assets/pdf/victoria-and-albert-museum-success-story.pdf </li></ul>
    17. 17. Data storage solution
    18. 18. Outdated server hardware
    19. 19. 2008/9 Server Consolidation
    20. 20. Storage mirror – Built in Business Continuity
    21. 21. Storage mirror - Recovery
    22. 22. Storage mirror - Recovery
    23. 23. The Digital FuturePlan challenge Hemp string (c.400-1000) Mazartargh fort site
    24. 24. On to the next challenge…. Violin (1699) by Antonia Stradivari (1644-1737)
    25. 25. The team (and technology) are ready
    26. 26. Thank you ? Sarah Winmill [email_address]

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