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We’ve all heard about web-hosted services crashing and causing severe data loss. But does that mean that libraries should not be following the trend toward “cloud-based” solutions? Actually, I think just the opposite is true. We have lots to accomplish in today’s libraries, and the cloud offers us real advantages. It provides the ability to scale in real-time and to add capacity. It's key to library success.
Imagine having an integrated solution for end-users to access all of your materials. Imagine having unified workflows for managing your collections.
Now imagine a solution that is built around a comprehensive knowledgebase that offers intelligent workflows, and is fully interoperable and includes assessment at every step of the way. These technologies are here and they enable libraries to refocus operations, serve users in new and improved ways, and develop more programs. Cloud solutions provide real-time updates and eliminate locally deployed hardware and software.
From a library’s point of view, when they have a local server, they are MUCH more vulnerable. They don’t have the money to have redundant hardware, so a hardware failure has them out for days, not minutes.
While industry can question the cloud because they can afford redundancy, libraries can’t. They all tell stories of outages for days and accompanying data loss. Serials Solutions has multiple data centers in multiple locations to mitigate against outages and downtime. We understand that the library needs to be up for its users, and we configure our platforms for that, including multiple internet feeds. Here’s a whitepaper for more information on Software as a Service (SaaS) and the cloud.