Digital Preservation in Grids and Clouds: A Middleware Approach
Digital preservation is the persistent archiving of digital assets for future access and reuse, irrespective of the underlying platform and software solutions. Existing preservation systems have a strong focus on grids, but the advent of cloud technologies offers an attractive option. The authors describe a middleware system that enables a flexible choice between a grid and a cloud for ad-hoc computations that arise during the execution of a preservation workflow and also for archiving digital objects. The choice between different infrastructures remains open during the lifecycle of the archive, ensuring a smooth switch between different solutions to accommodate the changing requirements of the organization that needs its digital assets preserved.