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Art Museum of Estonia secures its digital art collection with an IBM Tivoli solution from Telegrupp

Published on 08-Feb-2010View pdf

"IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is an excellent solution, delivering a safe, reliable, rapid backup process that protects our data – and thus helps to safeguard the cultural heritage of Estonia for future generations." - Tarmo Horn, IT Specialist, Art Museum of Estonia

Customer:
Art Museum of Estonia

Industry:
EducationGovernment

Deployment country:
Estonia

Solution:
Business Resiliency, Digital Media, IT Optimization , IT/infrastructure, Optimizing IT

IBM Business Partner:
Telegrupp
Kumu Art Museum. Architect: Pekka Vapaavuori. Photo: Kaido Haagen

Overview

The Art Museum of Estonia (Eesti Kunstimuuseum) houses, displays and conserves the country’s national art collection, including important works by both Estonian and international artists. The Museum employs more than 300 people at five sites: the Adamson-Eric Museum, the Kadriorg Art Museum, the Niguliste Museum, the Kristjan Raud House Museum, and a new main building – the Kumu Art Museum.

Business need:
The Art Museum of Estonia was building a new facility in Tallinn, and also wanted to digitise its entire art collection as high-quality image files. To store and safeguard this data, the Museum needed a new IT infrastructure with an enterprise backup solution.

Solution:
Telegrupp, an IBM Business Partner, designed and implemented a new IT architecture from end to end – including cabling, switches, IBM servers, disk storage and tape libraries. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager has been deployed to handle backup and restore processes.

Benefits:
Incremental backups minimise the amount of data that needs to be copied, reducing network traffic and improving performance. The nightly server backup can be completed in 20 minutes; transferring the data to tape takes less than 1.5 hours. Telegrupp manages the backup remotely, enabling Museum staff to focus on their core responsibilities.

Case Study

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The Art Museum of Estonia (Eesti Kunstimuuseum) houses, displays and conserves the country’s national art collection, including important works by both Estonian and international artists. The Museum employs more than 300 people at five sites: the Adamson-Eric Museum, the Kadriorg Art Museum, the Niguliste Museum, the Kristjan Raud House Museum, and a new main building – the Kumu Art Museum.

The Kumu Art Museum is a multifunctional facility that includes exhibition halls, an auditorium that offers diverse possibilities, and an education centre for children and art-lovers of all ages.

“For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, the Art Museum of Estonia has a building that both meets our requirements and is worthy of our collections of Estonian and international art,” says Tarmo Horn, IT Specialist at the Art Museum of Estonia.

Digital heritage
The Kumu Museum has been custom-built not only to store and display artworks, but also to assist in other important responsibilities such as education and conservation. For example, the Museum has decided to embark on a major project to create a digital record of its entire collection, using high-quality image files – and the IT architecture of the new building was designed with this project in mind.

“The images we are using are very detailed, and the files themselves can be large,” says Tarmo Horn. “Moreover, we often need to keep many images of each artwork – for example, if a painting is being restored, we take pictures of each stage in the process so that we can assess the effectiveness of the techniques we are using. In total, we already have more than four terabytes of data – and the project is still ongoing so we expect this to rise significantly over the next few years.”

In addition to the digital images, the Museum also has email software, Web servers and other IT systems that generate valuable data. When the Kumu Museum was being designed, the IT team asked Telegrupp, an IBM Business Partner, to propose an IT architecture that could safely store and back up all this data – and ensure that Estonia’s national art collection would be fully protected for the future.

“Telegrupp was one of the few companies capable of delivering a truly end-to-end service – including everything from building the server room and laying the cables through to installing the servers and software and providing ongoing support,” says Tarmo Horn. “Data backup and archiving was one of our most important concerns, and Telegrupp helped us evaluate products from ten different vendors and decide on the right solution: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.”

Rapid and reliable
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager enables the Museum to perform incremental backups of its data: instead of copying the full 4TB across the network and onto tape each night, it is only necessary to back up new and edited files – usually less than 40GB per day.

“We can move the data from our five main servers across to the Tivoli Storage Manager server within about 20 minutes, and then it takes about an hour and a half to write it to tape,” explains Tarmo Horn. “This is a very acceptable backup window: the backup can be completed outside working hours and causes no disruption for our users.”

Tivoli Storage Manager can also be controlled remotely – enabling Telegrupp to take responsibility for managing the entire backup process.

“All I have to do is change the tapes occasionally: Telegrupp handles everything else!” says Tarmo Horn. “The support from Telegrupp is excellent, and allows Museum staff to concentrate on more important responsibilities.”

He concludes: “IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is an excellent solution, delivering a safe, reliable, rapid backup process that protects our data – and thus helps to safeguard the cultural heritage of Estonia for future generations.”

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Tivoli Storage Manager

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