Winchester, MA Chad Garrett, Director of Technology at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), manages an ongoing technology relationship between UALR, the Central Arkansas Library System and its Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. This partnership makes more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.
DuraCloud was considered for UALR preservation master storage–a dark digital archive. Due to overall low cloud storage costs an Amazon Glacier-based "do-it-yourself" system began to look like the best solution to Garrett.
As digital preservation planning progressed it became clear that key automated best practice digital preservation features offered by DuraCloud like health checks and checksums were beyond Garrett's initial "do-it-yourself" strategy. When Glacier was added as secondary DuraCloud storage (http://duraspace.org/duracloud-now-offers-low-cost-glacier-storage) DuraCloud became the best preservation choice for UALR.
The service's focus on sound preservation practices centered around the needs of the archival community aligned with UALR institutional requirements. The fact that DuraCloud is also open source provided an exit strategy and convinced UALR that DuraCloud was committed to customer needs first.
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