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USC adds cloud storage for digital archives

May 18, 2012
USC adds cloud storage for digital archives
LOS ANGELES — Nirvanix ( recently helped the University of Southern California, USC, ( update its storage with a cloud-based system. The school deployed over 8 petabytes of unstructured data on a Nirvanix private cloud storage solution that is being fully managed as a service by Nirvanix. It serves as home to digital content from multiple USC entities, including the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Digital Repository, a division of the USC Libraries.
Nirvanix reports that the 8 Petabytes solution is comparable to that of a half million 16GB iPhones, 160,000 Blu-ray discs, or 8 billion 500-page books. The USC Digital Repository is using the cloud solution to archive digital content, such as HD videos and high resolution photos.

Sam Gustman, CTO for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and Associate Dean of the USC Libraries says the school “shifted to the cloud because it provides USC with a geographically diverse and cost-effective way of storing, preserving and distributing our content on a truly global scale.”

Deployed within USC’s central data center, the Nirvanix private cloud storage solution enable the university and its clients to upload digital content from any location and ensure that it is available anywhere around the world by virtue of Nirvanix’s Cloud File System software. Additionally, any changes made to files stored in the Nirvanix private cloud will be immediately reflected across the whole cloud.

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