The Met and Dell Store 5,000 Years of Art

Dell will provide server and storage systems for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The museum is consolidating and centralizing a number of different servers onto a single platform to provide authentication and application services to all employees connected to its local area network.

The Dell PowerEdge 8450 servers and Dell PowerVault 650 and 630 storage systems will be used to deliver client-server and browser-based applications to more than 1,100 system users at the museum, as well as to archive and manage the museum's vast collection of works of art from around the world.

The first application to reside on the new platform will be the museum's collection management system that is capable of housing all aspects of information about a work of art. The Met previously ran different servers from a multitude of locations around its 2 million-square-foot facility, making maintenance and backup difficult to administer. The servers were becoming obsolete, the processors were not powerful enough and the backup systems were overloaded. The new platform will permit the museum to consolidate the management of its repository of more than two million objects of art, including text, static images, digital and 3D images and eventually streaming audio and video using 700 gigabytes of storage expandable to 4.3 terabytes.