November 12, 2007. VTLS Inc. announced today a port to Sun Microsystems' latest storage technology, the Sun StorageTek 5800 System. This is the first port to the StorageTek 5800 by any library solution vendor, and the move exhibits the deep commitment by VTLS to adapting the newest technologies available for the library and repository community.
"We are committed to using the latest storage technologies available to address the needs of digital libraries and repositories worldwide," stated Vinod Chachra, president and CEO of VTLS Inc. "We see a sea of change occurring in the repository market. The trend is toward highly secure, scalable, and open systems. The long-term storage, organization, discovery, and dissemination of massive amounts of data have raised critical architectural and infrastructure issues. Solutions to these issues cannot be postponed any longer. Sun has been our longtime technology partner, and we continue to share our joint vision of open computing."
The VITAL application is based on the Fedora repository architecture. VITAL provides extensive VTLS-developed workflow extensions, management utilities, indexing enhancements, advanced searching capabilities, and specialized content displays. Using Fedora-defined Web services, VITAL provides a mechanism for your organization to create tools, enhance the functionality provided by VTLS, or leverage the open source community for future applications. As the only product of its kind on the market, VITAL delivers a flexible and highly customizable solution for managing digital resources.
Sun Microsystems and VTLS Inc. have been working together to develop a special capability within VITAL to leverage the technology of the StorageTek 5800 System. When the object and the associated metadata are presented to VITAL, the software analyzes the content and extracts technical metadata using a VTLS custom schema that is stored on the StorageTek 5800. The content and the metadata associated with the custom schema are stored on the StorageTek 5800. This special metadata is used to create a standardized URL, which then becomes the anchor for subsequent access.
At the time of access, the presentation layer retrieves the data using the URL mentioned above. The StorageTek 5800 translates this URL into its native retrieval algorithm and provides fast access to large datasets. So far, VTLS has developed batch tools for the storage of the content and online tools for its retrieval. An online tool for self-submission is under development. Over the next month, sizing and tuning activities will take place to standardize and optimize the Solaris Operating System , StorageTek 5800, and VITAL solution offering.
VITAL runs on the Solaris OS and Linux and is used by over 30 institutions worldwide.
Art Pasquinelli, education market strategist for Sun Microsystems, acknowledged, "The StorageTek 5800 provides universities and libraries with a new way to maintain key library information, academic materials, metadata, and eResearch datasets long term VTLS is one of the first Sun ISV partners to see the full advantages and opportunities for the STK 5800 in digital libraries and repositories."
Librarians interested in learning more about VITAL on the Sun STK 5800 should contact Vinod Chachra (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 1-540-557-1200. VTLS will be attending and presenting at the Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting in Paris from November 14 – 17, 2007.
For further information on VTLS and its products, please go to: www.vtls.com
About VTLS Inc.
VTLS Inc. (www.vtls.com), a leading library automation company in business for over 30 years, provides visionary technology in library solutions to a diverse customer base of more than 900 libraries in over 32 countries. VIRTUA is our premier ILS solution, Visualizer is our facet-based data discovery tool, Fastrac is our RFID technology, and we also provide cutting edge software and services for Digital Libraries with Digital Imaging and VITAL, our Repository Services solution. VTLS is one of the few ISO 9001:2000 quality certified companies within the library industry.