300 years of history.
26 million artifacts.
250 acres of physical space.
10 terabytes to house them all.
The Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan is home to The Henry Ford, a museum featuring an incredible collection of historic objects ranging from locomotives to Beatles memorabilia.
“I am collecting the history of our people as written into things their hands made and used…. When we are through, we shall have reproduced American life as lived, and that, I think, is the best way of preserving at least a part of our history and tradition…” –Henry Ford
Despite the size of its immense facility, only five percent of The Henry Ford’s 26 million objects and photographs can be displayed at the museum. The solution? Build a digital museum website just as innovative as the objects housed at the physical museum using Virtual Private Cloud, because with 3 million online visitors every year to thehenryford.org, it’s clear that American life as lived now, is often lived digitally.
Watch a video showing some of the incredible innovations at the museum in action.
The Henry Ford chose Hostway to help engineer the infrastructure underpinning their mission-critical website. The IT department at the Henry Ford was drawn to the way Hostway could handle their website using Microsoft solutions every step of the way. The technical infrastructure required to ensure the public can access a collection of Americana like this is tremendous, and Hostway delivered a solution that used APIs and toolsets already familiar to the museum staff, meaning they could easily manage the site and add online content without missing a beat.
Hostway also helped The Henry Ford move existing, on-premises IT infrastructure into the Hostway Virtual Private Cloud, which is powered by Microsoft Azure. Hostway built a redundant environment with multiple application servers, multiple database servers, and about 10 terabytes of storage. Using Windows Azure and the Virtual Private Cloud, Hostway built an immersive multimedia experience that’s delighting both The Henry Ford staff and visitors.