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Established by Steven Spielberg to collect and preserve testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation Institute maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world with nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages from 56 countries. The institute, which is part of USC’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, seeks to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry through the educational use of its visual history testimonies from the Holocaust and other genocides.
Now more than 80% complete, the institute’s Holocaust preservation project began in 2008 with Oracle’s StorageTek SL8500 modular library system and StorageTek T10000B tape drives as the cornerstone of its architecture. The institute uses the Oracle solution, which also includes Sun Fire X4270 M2 servers with Oracle Solaris and Oracle disk arrays, to digitize approximately 80 terabytes of data per month. With Oracle, the institute is on track to finish digitization ahead of schedule in 2012.
As part of its process, the institute upgrades its tape technology and migrates its data on tape every three years to ensure these priceless testimonials are maintained on the best possible technology. The frequent migrations have minimized the institute’s storage footprint. With the move to Oracle’s latest generation tape drives, the institute has increased its maximum tape storage capacity over five times, with a currently capacity of up to 55 petabytes, and saved an estimated 35% over the cost of staying on existing technology.
Additionally, the institute can take advantage of the StorageTek Maximum Capacity feature, which accommodates up to 5.5 terabytes per tape, and, using the StorageTek Accelerator features, maximize total data throughput by reducing tape starts and stops, which has helped accelerate project completion. Further, by using StorageTek T10000C tape drives in conjunction with Oracle’s Sun Storage Archive Manager software and Oracle Solaris, the institute can checksum its files any time that it moves them to ensure data integrity.
Thanks to the significant increase in storage capacity, the institute can now begin digitizing and preserving testimonies from the Armenian and Rwandan genocides.