Holy digitalisation at the Vatican Apostolic Library

09 July 2013

Holy digitisation at the Vatican Apostolic Library
Holy digitisation at the Vatican Apostolic Library

The Vatican Apostolic Library is digitising approximately 180,000 manuscripts and Rittal is contributing hardware to an energy-efficient and secure data centre next to the library.

Set to run for four years, and described as a valuable contribution to cultural history, forty million pages will be recorded during the course of the digitisation project.
At its hub will be a data centre from Rittal combining energy efficiency with the company’s IT infrastructure.
The data centre floor plan and construction were planned by the company and is located next to the offices of the Vatican Library’s employees. There are four sections with eight TS 8 server racks and four LCP (liquid cooling package) units to be installed in each.
Two of these sections have already been expanded during the first phase of the project. Climate control in the server racks is performed by LCP Inline units. Warm air is then transported via air/water heat exchangers to ensure the servers in the IT racks do not overheat.
Video surveillance and access control systems provide security for the archived data. The CMC III (Computer Multi Control) monitoring system reports any malfunctions such as a sudden rise in temperature in the server rack. A UPS will back up all four sections of the data centre to ensure the highest possible availability.The security concept is completed by  RiZone management software application.

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