The ArchivesDirect complete hosted solution for preserving valuable institutional collections and all types of digital resources was developed by Artefactual Systems and DuraSpace and was publicly released in March 2015.
Users of ArchivesDirect have access to a robust suite of digital preservation functions via the online dashboard. Archivematica, well known for its ability to produce highly standardized and interoperable Archival Information Packages, automatically transfers AIP packages to DuraCloud for long-term secure archival storage. Some of the key features of Archivematica that are also available in ArchivesDirect include assigning permanent identifiers and checksums, virus checking, identifying and validating file formats, extracting technical metadata, normalizing files to preservation-friendly formats, and generating detailed PREMIS and METS metadata to facilitate inter-repository data exchange. Key features of DuraCloud included in ArchivesDirect are automated health checking of the content, reporting, and storing multiple synchronized copies in both Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier.
ArchivesDirect is built on Archivematica and DuraCloud which are unique among preservation and archiving solutions because they are both open-source software which is documented and freely available. This means that ArchivesDirect users can download their data at any point. All formats are based on open standards and there is no proprietary formatting/packaging of content. This means that users of the ArchivesDirect service do not have to worry about data or vendor lock-in and the service can be run locally at any time.