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* Archivematica in the cloud with bundled Arkivum/100
* Designed for heritage, culture, private and public sector organisations who are struggling to meet digital preservation requirements

Chippenham, Wiltshire, 21st January 2016 – Arkivum, the leading provider of ultra-safe and secure, long-term, large-scale digital data storage and archiving services is delighted to announce that it is launching Arkivum/Perpetua, a new cloud-based digital preservation and archiving service.

Utilising public ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ (IaaS) providers, Arkivum/Perpetua is a cost-effective, comprehensive, fully hosted and managed digital preservation and public access solution that uses Archivematica and AtoM (Access to Memory) services in the cloud.

Archivematica provides a file-format digital preservation service that maximises the future accessibility of files through their conversion to a number of alternative or current file formats. AtoM provides tightly integrated description and access metadata management facilities for making content discoverable and available over the Web. The digital archive service is based on Arkivum’s flagship offering, Arkivum/100, with a unique 100% data integrity guarantee and a proven solution designed for organisations with long-term and large-scale data archiving requirements.

Designed specifically for cultural heritage institutions and functions within public and private organisations that struggle to deliver on their digital preservation requirements, Arkivum/Perpetua is a managed and hosted service that requires zero local technical infrastructure, IT resource or IT expertise. The service forms the basis for a secure, flexible and scalable digital preservation solution that can be integrated into a wide range of third-party asset preservation tools and services.

Nik Stanbridge, VP Marketing comments: “With Arkivum/Perpetua there are no setup costs, it’s a simple no-risk approach that customers can start using immediately. It has been designed from the outset to scale easily, so that you can start small and grow as and when you need to.”

“We designed this service based on the preservation processes and requirements of many of our cultural and heritage customers, such as the New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Tate in London. We know through experience the type of challenges these organisations face when it comes to digital preservation and we have created this service specifically to allow others to easily and quickly achieve the same preservation best practice and benefits."

To ensure that Arkivum fully understood the needs of its customers and prospects in this market, it undertook a survey with archivists and data curators in memory institutions. The results highlighted that 87% of respondents stated that file format preservation and data integrity were important elements to their digital preservation workflow. And a third of respondents stated that they would be using a cloud-based solution for their digital preservation data.

Other key benefits of Arkivum/Perpetua include:

* The solution follows the OAIS (Open Archival information System) model and is designed for the long-term. It includes a 100% data integrity guarantee backed by indemnity insurance and escrow copies of all the customer’s data.
* An automated and managed digital preservation service using open source, industry standards-compliant products and services (Archivematica)
* An optional, integrated open source public access solution (AtoM)
* No local IT infrastructure, resources or IT expertise are required - this is a fully hosted and managed service
* Everything is included to implement the building blocks for a comprehensive digital preservation solution
* The service includes data escrow to provide customers with a built-in exit strategy - data is stored with a third-party escrow provider so organisations have access to their data if and when they ever choose to leave the service

Together, Archivematica and Arkivum fulfil the functions of the OAIS reference model (ISO 14721:2012) and allow a range of preservation activities to be undertaken including: ingest, storage, management, administration, access, and preservation planning.

Arkivum manages the complete digital preservation system including installation, maintenance and the provision of training in each of the chosen digital preservation services. A number of professional service hours are also included to spend on customisation, training, setup assistance, or development and integration.

For more information please visit www.arkivum.com


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About Arkivum
Arkivum is an innovative, fast growing data archiving provider, specialising in delivering long-term archiving solutions with unique bit level preservation and an unrivalled 100% data integrity guarantee. Formed as a spin-out from the University of Southampton IT Innovation Centre, Arkivum’s technology experience and expertise is fundamental in enabling it to ensure core solutions meet the needs of its customers.

Since its formation in 2011, Arkivum has grown steadily, boasting 300% growth in 2014 and again in 2015. Arkivum provides archiving solutions to 1 in 2 of the top 60 universities in the UK, but its business growth is not only within the higher education sector. The need to retain and provide access to large volumes of data for many years to come is also paramount in other sectors too, such as healthcare, life sciences, heritage and culture. For more information, visit www.arkivum.com

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