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DRA's Internet service passes 10th birthday

Library Systems Newsletter [August 1999]

Only a small percentage of the world's ISP (Internet Service Providers) have been in business for 10 years; DRA is one of them. The vendor recognized the value of networking the automated library systems of its customers to facilitate resource sharing and provide access to shared databases before most of today's ISPs were established.

The latest development in DRA's Internet service package is "burstable Internet." With the service, subscribers pay according to how much they use their T1 connection. The bandwidth of a Ti circuit is 1,555 Kbps, but most libraries rarely require that much. However, there are times when a library that has contracted for less bandwidth may experience a brief, but significant increase in demand, hence, the value of having up to a full T1 circuit available.

DRA has its own 45 Mbps backbone network with points of presence (POPs) in St. Louis, Chicago, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and Washington, DC. It offers bandwidth from 128 Kbps to 45 Mbps. The backbone offers multiple data pathways to circumvent system choke points.

[Contact: Data Research Associates, Inc. , 1276 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132-1806; (800) 325-0888 or (314) 432-1100; fax (314) 993-8927;]

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Publication Year:1999
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 19 Number 08
Issue:August 1999
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Company: Data Research Associates, Inc.
Subject: Internet service providers
Record Number:5934
Last Update:2022-08-06 19:36:16
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00