LONDON, October 10 /PRNewswire/ --

- Saatchi Gallery Adopts Virtualised IT Platform for Increased Storage Capacity, Disaster Recovery and Security Control

London-based IT support and software development consultancy, Octavia Information Systems is on the brink of completing a high availability virtualised IT system for the new Saatchi Gallery. The solution, built around VMware and Double-Take technologies, will be completed ahead of the gallery's official opening on Thursday, 9th October - for its contemporary inaugural exhibition, The Revolution Continues: New Art from China.

The exhibition offers features a survey of recent paintings, sculpture and installation of 24 of China's leading artists and will run until 18 January 2009. The art gallery, home to the collection of Charles Saatchi has relocated to the 70,000 sq. ft. Duke of York's HQ building on King's Road in Chelsea, South-West London.

Octavia was responsible for delivering the entire IT infrastructure and IT support of the new building, including all server provisioning, voice and data comms deployment, MS Exchange 2007 for email and MS SQL 2005 for data storage. High availability and provision for disaster recovery were achieved using a combination of technologies from VMWare and Double-Take.

The new IT infrastructure has enabled the Saatchi Gallery to have greater control over its file, database and e-mail security, whilst providing additional storage capacity for all core systems such as enabling the gallery to maintain an extensive image repository of all artwork in a bespoke 'image bank'.

The installation also gives visitors access to the Saatchi Gallery's membership area, allowing visitors to self register for gallery membership using web terminals.

Octavia are now providing ongoing IT support to the gallery through their Managed IT Support Service.

Nigel Hurst, Chief Executive at the Saatchi Gallery, comments, "Ahead of opening the gallery, IT has been about the last thing on my mind. We needed an out-of-sight system that could do what we needed and as such required a technology partner that could take an innovative approach to the specific needs of this unique organisation. Octavia have delivered just that with a stable, high availability system that we can rely upon."

Octavia's Chief Executive Officer, Giles Sirett, comments: "High availability systems have traditionally only been available to large organisations due to expensive deployment and maintenance costs. However, using these innovative technologies, we're now able to offer SMEs cost-effective and highly reliable IT systems. This system for the Saatchi Gallery reduces the amount of hardware required, whilst providing increased resilience and future proofing options that will significantly reduce downtime."

IT support and software development consultancy Octavia delivers technical services, solutions and support for organisations across a range of commercial and charitable vertical markets, as well as to the public sector - including the Ministry of Defence.

Admission to all shows at the Saatchi Gallery will be free, thanks to a sponsorship deal with art auctioneers Phillips de Pury & Company.

About Octavia

Octavia Information Systems is a London-based IT support and software development consultancy. Octavia delivers high quality services in software development, network & system services, hardware & licensing, support services and consultancy & training.

Octavia was formed in early 1998 and since then has enjoyed steady growth currently employing 32 full-time staff. Its main office is located at Butlers Wharf in the heart of London.

For further information, please contact: Richard Botley / Olivea Nixon Giles Sirett Chief Executive Officer The itpr Partnership Octavia Information Systems t. +44(0)1932-578-800 t. +44(0)20-7940-6100

For further information, please contact: Richard Botley / Olivea Nixon, The itpr Partnership, t. +44(0)1932-578-800,; Giles Sirett, Chief Executive Officer, Octavia Information Systems, t. +44(0)20-7940-6100,