IBM gets ABC archives gig

IBM gets ABC archives gig

IBM Global Services has won a $10 million gig with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, which will see the services giant transfer all of the data in the ABC’s expansive tape archives into digital format.

For decades the ABC has archived its television and radio broadcasts on more than 100,000 analog tapes. With many new programs being created and stored digitally, the national icon has had to re-assess how it stores and accesses information.

IBM Global Services has been contracted to convert these tapes into 500 terabytes of data, to be accessed by the ABC’s digital network, allowing staff to have volumes of searchable material at their fingertips.

“This project will mean the ABC has one ongoing archive, past, present and future, all in the same format and all easily accessed at any moment,” said Stephen Carmelengo, general manager of the communications sector at IBM Global Services. “The project’s goal is to re-purpose the audio and footage that is otherwise destined to become useless as the tapes grow old. The ABC recognised that improving access to its archives would unlock historical capital and provide greater value to the organisation.”

The $10 million solution includes software, hardware and services – including IBM’s DB2 content manager, Websphere application server, Tivoli storage manager, IBM TotalStorage LTO Ultrium and eServer hardware.

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