Fall 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Duracloud, a Web Based Service for Managing and Preserving Digital Content in the Cloud

Time 10/06/09 03:00PM-04:00PM

Session Abstract

Cloud computing, cloud storage, cloud software has become a hot topic over the last year, filled with much hype and promise. However, cloud computing has the potential to transform a large part of the IT industry, making software even more attractive as a service and shaping the way IT hardware is designed and purchased. The elasticity of resources, without paying a premium for large scale, is unprecedented in the history of IT.

Duraspace, a non-profit organization who support several open source platforms, are developing a service and open technology called DuraCloud to serve academic libraries, universities, and other organizations in providing perpetual access to digital content. DuraCloud can be understood as a Web-based service that facilitates management of your digital content in the cloud. A key design feature of DuraCloud is to leave the basics of pure storage to those who do it best (storage providers) and to overlay storage solutions with additional functionality that is essential to ensuring long-term access and ease of use. The service provides baseline functionality that begins with the ability to replicate and distribute content across multiple cloud providers. It adds value over and above storage by enabling the deployment of software as a service to support access, preservation, re-use, and sharing of content stored in the cloud. In September, Duraspace will begin its pilot program running and testing Duracloud, with two key partners New York Public Library and the Bioheritage Diversity Library, the pilot will run for six months and is being funded through the NDIPP Library of Congress program.

This presentation will give an overview of the Duraspace organization, the Duracloud project and include the latest details on the pilot program.


Speaker Michele Kimpton DuraSpace

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