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Digitised records contract goes to Logicalis

State Records, the New South Wales Government authority charged with storing, protecting, preserving and making available the archives of the state government, has awarded a contract to the Australian arm of global ICT solutions provider, Logicalis, to design and implement the underlying storage architecture for its digital state archives project.

The digital State archives will store, preserve and make available 'born digital' and digitised archival value records of the NSW Government.

NSW State Records went to tender for 'robust, scalable and efficient asset, specialist services', A and technology solution to be delivered within its new purpose-built data centre in Sydney. Critical elements of the tender won by Logicalis, include a primary site and disaster recovery strategy to allow for a frequent, rapid and high-volume method of data transfer. Save

According to Logicalis, its proposal around design, networking and build was chosen on account of its 'high level of strategic consultancy,' and the project kicked off  just last month.

The State Records authority's archives already hold a vast collection of physical archives dating from the First Fleet, and these records will be kept permanently as a vital resource for citizens' rights and entitlements and historical research.

Cassie Findlay, project manager, digital archives State Records authority, department of finance and services said 'it was critical for our chosen partner to understand the need for openness combined with future-proofing against the background of legislation and records-keeping - that's quite a unique combination of requirements. We were confident of Logicalis' ability to deliver all of these elements while remaining cost-competitive. It's an extremely exciting project to work on.'

According to Oliver Descoeudres, marketing director at Logicalis, the company's custom-built storage, server and virtualisation solution, based on EMC and Cisco technologies, adheres to the principles of openness, standardisation and security needed for digital preservation by archives and libraries.

'Working on the most innovative digital archive project in Australia with the Digital Archives State Records Authority is extremely exciting for our team as it is pioneering in records management, particularly given so much has changed in technology since the last such projects were conducted six years ago.

'Logicalis' methodology is based on the belief that the network, compute and storage platforms are rapidly converging, and customers need a holistic view and a consolidated architecture to address their data centre requirements,' Descoeudres added.

Descoeudres said Logicalis' integrated ICT solution would be utilised for the development and operation of the digital archive and would utilise the VMware virtualisation platform and the EMC Isilon storage platform.

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