Using Azure to Store Natural History Data

Rob Zschernitz, CTO, The Field Museum Working with a high performing but small IT team in an active scientific research institution that is the keeper of over 30 million specimens and artifacts, and constantly collecting more, while massively rewarding, can make any IT operation shutter.

Additionally, our colleagues use these 30 million plus objects, one of the best collections in the world, in our exhibitions to attract 1.5 million visitors a year to the museum. Over the past decade, there has been explosive growth in file storage needs as these vital objects have been digitized to make these resources available online 24/7/365 to researchers worldwide.

The Field Museum moved storing our digitized collections data to Nasuni Enterprise File Services with Azure to address the urgent need to be able to scale “up and out” massive amounts of storage, protected and reliable storage, on-demand.