The Internet Archive (IA) is a recorded memory of all the web pages on every website since the launch of the Internet in 1996.
Originally initiated in San Francisco, the original Internet Archive signed an agreement in 2002 with the BA to render the latter a backup of the original and to create two mirror sites of the Internet Archive. According to the agreement, the original IA donated the first generation of machines to the BA for web archiving in 2002 followed by the second generation in 2006 to accommodate 1.5 petabytes (1000,000 GB) of data in 23 racks. Machines for web collections were later designed and manufactured locally at the BA with a storage capacity of 2.2 petabytes hosted on 20 racks. Currently, the archive has a capacity to hold up to 3.7 petabytes of varying data on 1, 636 computers. The stored data includes the web collection from 1996 until 2007 encompassing web pages, Egyptian and US television broadcasts, archival films, and digitized books.
The archive is fully operational, and the collection is widely accessed by national, regional, and international users through the BA mirror site, http://archive.bibalex.org, via the Wayback Machine, with over 31 million hits annually.
The BA Internet Archive is the first center of its kind established outside US borders. It is designed not only as a backup of the mother archive in San Francisco, but also as a hub for Africa and the Middle East.