In the last few years, one of the main problems of the cultural heritage institution is the progressive reduction of the investments. The hardware maintenance and licensing costs greatly affects IT budget. Virtualization addresses the need to streamline and consolidate infrastructure, even if the license costs remain high for commercial clouds. Open source solutions allow you to implement virtualization cloud which performance and functionality are suitable for the masses, without the constraints of hardware certifications and proibitive licenses costs.
Our infrastructure allowed us to build a ha virtualized environment using commodity hardware, regardless of specific products or manufacturers. Based on the interaction between a common linux kernel module and a software-based storage pool, is managed by an intuitive web interface. The system provides adequate performances provisioning services like web pages, OPAC, digital resources showcase, cataloging tools, library management, mail, etc.