Using the Cloud to Archive and Preserve the Scholarly Record: Experiences from the DuraCloud Pilot
This presentation will give an overview of the use cases tested over a one-year period, followed by a discussion of the successes and limitations of using cloud infrastructure for managing and preserving digital content. Specific use cases tested included archiving multiple content formats in multiple cloud providers simultaneously, synchronizing content dynamically in the cloud, checking the integrity of content at multiple cloud providers, restoring content locally from a backup copy in the cloud, and comparing cost and performance to local IT infrastructure. The results discussed will be based on the testing and reporting completed by our pilot partners, which include but are not limited to, MIT, Columbia University, Northwestern University, Rice University, and ICPSR.
The DuraCloud pilot program has been graciously funded, in part, by the Library of Congress through its NDIIPP (National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program). NDIIPP is building a national network of partners who share a mission of serving current and future generations through stewardship of the digital cultural record. In support of this goal, NDIIPP maintains an interest in funding innovative projects that focus on new and unexplored technologies related to digital preservation. Accordingly, the DuraCloud pilot program was funded to explore the prospects of cloud infrastructure for the purpose of enabling preservation and access.