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V&A exhibits Ethernet

Antony Savvas

The Victoria & Albert museum in London has removed bottlenecks from its network and improved the performance of its website by 60% as a result of adopting Gigabit Ethernet network technology.

Following an increase in the numbers of users on the network and a rapid increase in the amount of data stored, Ian Croxford, V&A head of IT systems services, realised that the museum would require much larger storage facilities and a significantly faster backbone infrastructure to achieve its aim of applying multimedia applications for visitors to the museum’s many galleries.

His solution was to use Intel’s Gigabit Ethernet solutions to link the museum’s servers and storage devices across the backbone infrastructure, thereby increasing data processing and back-up speeds, and preventing future traffic bottlenecks in the network.

Croxford said, “It is no longer acceptable to have objects in glass cases and simply stick a text label on them.

“Today, we have to provide educational resources and make the exhibits interesting for people. For this reason, we now offer exciting digital photography, real-time video clips, 3D representations and interactive models.”

He said, “By their very nature, these systems are extremely content rich and require huge amounts of data storage.”

Previously, the museum’s network only ran at a maximum of 100mbps which was not fast enough for the data being generated, but with Gigabit Ethernet the V&A said it is now able to cope with its new expanding data needs.

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