Digital preservation goes mainstream as organizations look to safeguard long-term information

Digital Preservation specialist, Preservica, has seen a 50% growth in new customer signings in the last six months, as organizations increase their focus on protecting and future-proofing critical, long-term information assets.

The acceleration in new signings could see the company doubling its customer base year-on-year in the first half of 2016.

Preservica’s world-leading digital preservation software is now in use at a mix of both public sector and commercial organizations including:

·         Twelve US State Archives, including Texas, Massachusetts and Michigan
·         Four of the UK's largest corporations, including HSBC, Unilever and BT
·         Twelve national and pan-national archives, including the UK National Archives and Swiss Federal Archives
·         Sixteen major universities and colleges, including Yale
·         Seven world renowned libraries and museums including DC Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York

Preservica will also shortly announce deals with a major news agency and a global financial institution.
In addition, in April of this year Preservica was named as a 2015 “Cool Vendor” in Content Management in a report by leading technology analyst Gartner.

According to the report, the long-term preservation of digital assets is a challenge: “As formats change, software is retired and hardware becomes obsolete, the data that organizations might want to keep can be lost forever. Government documents are one example, but companies also have information that needs to be preserved in order to eliminate the risk that they will not be readable or usable when required. Manufacturing, infrastructure, pharmaceutical companies and financial services organizations all have data that falls into this category”.

The diversity of the Preservica user community is drawn from both large and mid-size organizations across multiple segments, including commercial and public sector organizations, that are deploying a mix of either on-premise or cloud-hosted (SaaS) versions of Preservica’s digital preservation software.

”Most of the records created today are born-digital,” says Jelain Chubb, State Archivist and Director, Archives and Information Services Division at Texas State Library and Archives Commission. ”Although much of this digital information has short term retention requirements, there is still a significant amount that we are required to retain and preserve permanently. Given that legal mandate, it was vital for us to expand and enhance our digital preservation efforts now to ensure these essential government records remain accessible into the future.”

Jon Tilbury, CEO at Preservica, commented: “This is a very exciting time for us as Digital Preservation technology crosses from being niche to mainstream. It has long been recognized as essential by memory and cultural institutions and is now crossing into many government and commercial organisations that need to keep information for 10 years or more. Preservica is at the forefront of this fast emerging discipline and it’s great to see our customers prioritising the long-term preservation of their vital digital assets. I am also pleased that our proven digital preservation software is recognized as best of breed by many leading organizations.”

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