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Best Data Storage Solutions for Digital Library Collections

Your organization has amassed an enviable library collection over the years. Admirers often comment about your library and wonder how you managed to add so many treasures. From rare books, to first editions and newer tomes that are sure to become classics with time, you have them all.

But, is your collection protected? Sure, you lock the doors at the end of the day and you have a sprinkler system installed, but are those things enough to truly protect your vast collection? Despite the defenses you have in place, your library is still vulnerable to devastating events, such as severe storms like hurricanes or tornadoes, earthquakes, theft and vandalism, just to name a few threats.

How can you better protect your organization’s library? With data storage, of course!

Available Storage Technologies

Many organizations and owners of private collections at least have some basic type of backup for their libraries. In some cases, this backup may take the form of simple scans, which might have been used to prove that certain literary works were actually part of a given collection for insurance purposes.

With so many affordable data storage systems available in today’s marketplace, there’s no reason to rely on scans as your sole means of backing up your collection. Remember – physical scans are just as susceptible to physical threats that can destroy them as the materials in your collection are.

If you’re going to limit the number of people who can access your library to local or in-house users, you may want to consider physically backing up your collection with servers. Flash and hybrid data storage solutions may also work for your purposes.

If you want your library to be accessible to a wider audience all over the country or throughout the world, there is another data storage technology you should consider. And it’s the cloud.

Here are some of the benefits that cloud storage can provide:

  • Security: Cloud storage protects your collection from physical threats because your data is stored in the cloud, not a tangible space. It also keeps your library safe from digital threats with frequent security updates to guard against cyber attacks and hackers.

  • Easy Recovery: When you use paid cloud storage for your library, you’re not relying on a physical device to store your data. Even if your archives and servers are leveled in a fire, you will still be able to access your library when it’s stored in the cloud because calamities that cause physical damage in the “real” world don’t impact data that’s stored in the cloud.

  • Accessibility: With cloud data storage, anyone with the appropriate credentials can access your library from any location using just about any kind of device that can connect to the Internet.

  • Searchable: Depending on the type of cloud storage you choose, users may also be able to browse your collection and search it as if it’s a virtual library. If your library is often used for research, the ability to search your collection can be a significant benefit.

Complete Our Storage Checklist

If you want the best data storage technology for your library, fill out our storage checklist. We’ll review the information you share and contact you with viable data storage solutions for your collection. Complete our storage checklist or contact SANDirect now.

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