​BFI Film Archived With Spectra Logic Solutions

The British Film Institute (BFI) commissioned OvationData to deploy two Spectra Logic T950 tape libraries and a pair of BlackPearl storage systems for long-term digital preservation.

"The Spectra Logic T950 tape libraries and BlackPearl systems have enabled us to create a content strategy to preserve digital assets for the long-term," explained BFI Head of Data and Digital Preservation Stephen McConnachie. "The Spectra BlackPearl integrates into our workflow applications and allows us to easily store and quickly access our assets on Spectra tape libraries. The non-proprietary format of the system and its implementation of diverse storage media gives us confidence in our future roadmap."

In 2012, the BFI launched Unlocking Film Heritage, one of the largest and most complex archive preservation programmes ever undertaken in the UK, aiming to capture, store and preserve the UK’s film history. As part of the programme, over 10,000 films from the BFI and UK regional and national film archives have been digitised and made available to the public, connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and world cinema.

The project required a new storage solution that would integrate with existing and future workflow applications, accommodate predicted data growth, and reliably protect the organisation's assets. The BFI team was also concerned about being locked into a single vendor’s media roadmap.

OvationData guided the BFI in implementing a Spectra Logic modern storage architecture integrated with the BFI’s MAM application Imagen.

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