HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—August 17, 2005— SirsiDynix announced today that Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is subscribing to the SirsiDynix Secured Resources service as a part of its disaster recovery and backup plan. Located in a region that receives one of the highest numbers of lightning strikes in the country, PPLD has to be prepared for technological emergencies in the form of power surges and failures. SirsiDynix Secured Resources is a peace-of-mind service to ensure that, in any type of emergency, library users and staff will have access to all electronic resources. SirsiDynix Secured Resources takes care of everything, from storing backup tapes to verifying backup routines. In the event of a system failure, SirsiDynix staff will restore the system quickly. An Emergency Application Service Provider (ASP) option is available, in the event of longer-term loss of hardware availability.
"All IT organizations need a good disaster recovery/backup plan," said Carolyn Coulter, MLS, information technology officer at PPLD. "The data that this type of plan protects is the most valuable resource that I manage. It's significant to lose a file or some email due to a backup blunder, but it is out of the question to gamble with the principal operating data of the institution. SirsiDynix Secured Resources will give us the disaster recovery and data verification processes that will help me sleep easier at night."
"The SirsiDynix plan will become an important supplement to existing processes and provide PPLD with several worthwhile features," continued Coulter. "To begin with, our tapes and the valid backups on those tapes will be verified by the vendor of the database on a monthly basis. This means that we are assured that the data we are writing to tape is valid and recoverable, not just on our equipment but on other tape drive equipment. In addition, an annual complete restore of the system is performed on SirsiDynix equipment for library review to assure further that backups are valid and capturing everything they should. SirsiDynix Secured Resources also assures that SirsiDynix staff and equipment are made available in case of an emergency requiring partial or complete recovery, either remotely or onsite if necessary."
"We're hearing more and more about the need from disaster recovery from our customers," said Patrick Sommers, SirsiDynix CEO, "and that's why our Secured Resources service is so important these days. We're excited about working with library systems like Pikes Peak, as they're investing in plans to ensure their users can count on uninterrupted access to the information and services provided by the library. Our Secured Resources service is but one example of the types of products and services that SirsiDynix delivers to help our customers deal with the real-world challenges facing libraries in 2005 and beyond."
NOTE TO EDITORS: Interesting background information on library disaster recovery can be found in the June 15, 2005, issue of Information Systems Report, edited by Dick Boss. In this issue of the newsletter, Boss notes the importance of libraries' planning for the prevention of and recovery from disasters, both natural and manmade. According to Boss, "Not only is the patron access catalog the only way for patrons to identify holdings and current availability of titles in their library, but also titles in other libraries and electronic resources to which their library subscribes. For many, their only access to the Internet is through their library. Library staff are dependent on these technologies for ordering, claiming and receiving library materials, charging and discharging of library materials to patrons, and the provision of reference service. Every hour of downtime is extremely serious; therefore, a library must give technology disaster planning a high priority."
About Pikes Peak Library District
Pikes Peak Library District is a nationally recognized system of public libraries serving a population of 520,000 in El Paso County, Colorado. With 12 branches and two bookmobiles, PPLD responds to the unique needs of individual neighborhoods and the community-at-large. The District employs 360 staff and utilizes more than 1,200 community volunteers. It strives to reach all members of the community, providing free and equitable access to information and an avenue for personal and community enrichment.
Created in June 2005 through the merger of Dynix Corporation with Sirsi Corporation, SirsiDynix provides the broadest array of information management products and services for libraries and consortia worldwide. Both Sirsi and Dynix have had excellent track records as leading information technology providers for libraries and their users, and the new company will build on its constituents' strengths while providing more opportunities for technological innovation and growth. SirsiDynix has approximately 4,000 library and consortia clients around the world, serving more than 200 million people through more than 20,000 library outlets in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please see www.sirsidynix.com.