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Wellcome Trust rolls out storage system from Pillar

Warwick Ashford

The Wellcome Trust has implemented a power and space saving open standards based data storage system to preserve 250,000 digital images from more than 70 years of medical research and 2000 years of human culture.

The Pillar Axiom storage system was chosen from 20 competitors because of its ability to ensure the Wellcome Trust image library will be accessible by future viewing technology through its use of open standards.

"The image library contains some very important digital assets, so we had to be sure that someone can access them in a hundred years' time," said Richard Gough, Wellcome Trust IT operations manager.

The Pillar Axiom system has enabled the Wellcome Trust to consolidate its data into a single system, reducing the physical area taken up by storage by 80%, which is expected to result in a 40% saving in power consumption.

Gough said the Pillar Axiom system was also selected because it met the requirements of having a simple user interface and was able to grow on demand without interruption beyond the expected need of up to 350 terabytes in the next five years.

"Another big requirement was that there was no off switch to ensure maximum availability, which the Pillar system achieves through near real-time data mirroring to a second site," he said.

Finally, Gough said the Pillar Axiom's inclusion of write once, read many storage provided the necessary data encryption to respond to any future legislation around data protection.





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