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USC Shoah Foundation Institute Selects Oracle’s StorageTek Tape Drives

Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives Help Archive More than 100,000 Hours of Video Testimony

Redwood Shores, Calif. – April 5, 2012

News Facts

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has selected Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives to support its ongoing project to catalogue and preserve visual testimonies from Holocaust survivors and witnesses.
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute, established by filmmaker and USC trustee Steven Spielberg, is dedicated to overcoming prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry, and the suffering they cause, through the educational use of more than 100,000 hours of visual testimonies.
At 5 TB uncompressed, the StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive is the world’s highest capacity drive and enables customers to boost capacity and performance while maintaining their existing footprint.
Now more than 80 percent 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 Oracle solution, which also includes Oracle’s Sun x86 servers with Oracle Solaris and Oracle disk arrays, digitizes approximately 80 TB of data per month and is on track to finish digitization in 2013.

StorageTek T10000C Drives Increase Capacity, Help Reduce Cost by Up to 35 Percent

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 the added benefit of minimizing 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, up to 55 PB and saved an estimated 35 percent over the cost of staying on previous technology.
The Institute is also able to take advantage of the StorageTek Maximum Capacity feature which enables writing up to 5.5 TB per tape, and the StorageTek Accelerator feature which maximizes total data throughput by reducing tape starts and stops, helping to accelerate project completion.
Additionally, using the StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives in conjunction with Oracle’s Sun Storage Archive Manager software and Oracle Solaris, the Institute is able to check sum its files any time they are moved on the network to ensure data integrity.
The significant increase in storage capacity has also enabled the Institute to begin digitizing and preserving testimonies from the Armenian and Rwandan genocides.

Supporting Quote

“From the beginning, Oracle technology has been critical to our mission to preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses, and provide fast and easy access to these invaluable assets,” said Sam Gustman, CTO, USC Shoah Foundation Institute. “Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C tape technology has enabled us to ensure data integrity, archive five times more data in our existing footprint and reduce the cost of maintaining these oral histories for generations to come.”

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