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German Historical Institute in Rome

"Consolidation and virtualisation are the main ways we are looking to contain costs and ensure"

Niklas Bolli IT Systems Manager, German Historical Institute in Rome

The customer

Founded in 1888, the German Historical Institute in Rome is one of Germany’s oldest foreign historical organisations. The institute’s activities revolve around historical research and it offers scholars a library collection that stretches from the late medieval period to the end of the Second World War, containing over 157,000 books and 645 present-day journals. The institute also houses a Music History section, which focuses on inter-relations and influences between Italian and German music, with a library numbering some 55,000 books and 400 journals.

The challenge

Research is at the heart of the work at the German Historical Institute in Rome. Some years ago, work began on building multimedia databases to make the research accessible to the public. These developments forced the institute to think about how it could streamline operations to achieve necessary savings.

The solution

Thanks to the support of Fujitsu and ‘Select Expert Partner’ Datamate, the institute embarked on a virtualisation process that allowed it to replace machines that had come to the end of their lifecycles, and lay the foundations for future growth, without having to worry about buying new, specially-made hardware. The project also resulted in better quality cooperation with external partners.