Data Storage for Large Online Content Library

World’s Largest Library Drives Web Environment and File Access with Avere FXT Series Edge Filers

Library of Congress selected Avere to increase the efficiency and performance of its storage infrastructure. The Library of Congress website and file repositories are supported by Avere’s FXT Series Edge Filers, enabling congressional and public users quick access to valuable content.

The Avere FXT Series, with its ability to deliver up to 150 TB of Flash in a single cluster, was built to address the difficulty of providing fast and scalable access to large amounts of content typified by the Library of Congress data environment. 



The Library's mission: is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.

As the world’s largest library and the research arm of the United States Congress, the amount of digitized data is staggering. With a collection of 150 million-plus items ranging from cataloged books to manuscripts to sheet music and sound recordings, the government agency required a robust and scalable NAS solution for this data. 

With the help of Avere, the Library of Congress can optimize the performance of its current storage environment and can consolidate the management of millions of files into a single global namespace.

The Library of Congress exemplifies how to address big data management with hybrid storage systems that are highly performant yet highly efficient. With the addition of Avere, the Library of Congress can continue to provide its constituents with quick access to information in the face of continued data growth.

Customer Challenges

• Increase the efficiency of the storage infrastructure

• Increase the performance of the storage infrastructure

• Allow users quick access to digital assets

Avere Benefits

• Accelerate performance

• Reduce storage costs

• Increase WAN efficiency

About the Library Of Congress

The Library of Congress was founded in 1800, making it the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation. The Library is the largest library in the world, with more than 155.3 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 35 million books and other print materials, 3.4 million recordings, 13.6 million photographs, 5.4 million maps, 6.5 million pieces of sheet music and 68 million manuscripts. The Library receives some 15,000 items each working day and adds approximately 11,000 items to the collections daily.