Innovation Nation: What It Takes To Digitize American History With VPC

Brittany Wilson Brittany Wilson - Copywriter January 10, 2017

300 years of history.

26 million artifacts.

250 acres of physical space.

10 terabytes to house them all.

Digitize With The Help Of Hostway|HOSTING’s Virtual Private Cloud

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, 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.


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The Henry Ford chose Hostway|HOSTING to help engineer the infrastructure underpinning their mission-critical website. The IT department at the Henry Ford was drawn to the way Hostway|HOSTING 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|HOSTING 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|HOSTING also helped The Henry Ford move existing, on-premises IT infrastructure into the Hostway|HOSTING Virtual Private Cloud, which is powered by Microsoft Azure. Hostway|HOSTING 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|HOSTING built an immersive multimedia experience that’s delighting both The Henry Ford staff and visitors.

Learn more about the Hostway|HOSTING Virtual Private Cloud and read the full Henry Ford case study.

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