SANTA CLARA, Calif. & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute today announced the completion of the first stage of the living history project that has captured more than 100,000 hours of interviews of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. One of the world's largest digital video archiving projects, the Shoah Foundation, originally established by filmmaker and USC trustee Steven Spielberg, has worked to archive these important testimonials to a long lasting digital format. More on the USC Shoah Foundation can be seen at: www.college.usc.edu/vhi
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“These are the master copies,” said Sam Gustman, chief technology officer for the Institute. “Losing the tapes means losing the testimonies of nearly 52,000 individuals who witnessed the Holocaust. Something must be done to preserve them, and USC is taking action. For the first time in history, it is more cost effective to preserve content in files than on videotape,” says Gustman. “We have used digitizing equipment to make files of the original analog videotapes and then store them on tape using Sun systems.”
Based on the Solaris (TM) 10 Operating System (OS), the USC Shoah Foundation Institute deployed a comprehensive solution consisting of Sun Fire(TM) servers, Sun StorageTek(TM) 6540 arrays, and the Sun StorageTek™ SL8500 Modular Library System with a capacity of 8.6 petabytes. The infrastructure also includes Sun StorageTek™ T10000B tape drives, which have a longer life span and can store up to one TB of data. In addition to meeting the Institute's current and future storage needs for the archive, the solution has allowed the USC Shoah Foundation Institute to save $6 million instantly in IT costs. For more information on Sun's storage and archiving solutions please visit: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/index.jsp.
“It's been our pleasure to work closely with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for such a worthy cause,” said Peter Ryan, executive vice-president, Global Sales and Services, Sun Microsystems. “Sun understands the importance of archiving these historical records and has developed a robust platform that safeguards this content for future generations.”
Currently, full online access to the archive is available on-site at USC and 16 other institutions around the world, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. As part of its future goals, the institute plans to make 1,000 interviews available on its web site. The Institute views the project as an interim step toward the final goal of storing the massive files on hard drives at multiple research institutions.
For more information on the USC Shoah Foundation Institute please visit: http://college.usc.edu/vhi/.
ABOUT THE USC SHOAH FOUNDATION INSTITUTE
Established in 1994 to collect and preserve the testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world: nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries. The Institute is part of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at the University of Southern California; its mission is to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry -- and the suffering they cause -- through the educational use of the Institute’s visual history testimonies.
The Institute works within the University and with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies in its archive for educational purposes. In addition to preserving the testimonies, the Institute helps document the stories of survivors and other witnesses of other genocides. Currently, the Institute is working with the Rwandan organization IBUKA to begin a project to collect testimony from survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that claimed as many as one million lives. Once collected and indexed, the testimony will be incorporated into the Visual History Archive.
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