DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 21 March 2012. OCLC is now operating a new data center in Sydney, Australia, to support OCLC WorldShare Management Services for members in Australia and New Zealand. The Sydney center becomes the fourth data center in OCLC's global network. OCLC opened a data center in the United Kingdom in December and maintains its two primary operations data centers in the United States.
The Sydney center employs state-of-the-art technologies to ensure high levels of performance, reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness. Key facilities features include high performance Internet services with multiple service providers to ensure efficient routing, fully redundant heating and cooling systems, continuous power from multiple sources, and best of breed security controls and practices.
In addition, the new center enables OCLC to comply with access and data privacy requirements in Australia and New Zealand and adhere to technical standards that promote the cost-effective, worldwide sharing of information across platforms, scripts, languages and cultural materials. OCLC recently obtained its ISO 27001 certification which bolsters the position of trust in OCLC-hosted solutions and will assure the security of member data.
"Our infrastructure strategy for global delivery requires that we offer services from multiple data centers," said Gene Oliver, Executive Director, Systems Management, OCLC. "This center allows us to provide cloud-based services in Australia and New Zealand. It also enables us to meet statutory and regulatory requirements and provide the high levels of system availability, security and performance that libraries have come to expect from OCLC. We've brought the best of people, process and technology together to meet our technical requirements while making the operation as green as possible."
"Service and support are two key factors in how Australian and New Zealand libraries choose services," said Chris Thewlis, OCLC Regional Manager, Australia. "This new data center illustrates a commitment to build and connect a larger community of libraries in this part of the world to the OCLC global cooperative."
The new data center will support the introduction of OCLC WorldShare Management Services, a new cloud-based approach to managing library services cooperatively that gives libraries more time to serve community needs. WorldShare Management Services provides the tools to streamline library workflows, reduce costs and provide new opportunities for collaboration—to connect knowledge in new ways from a globally linked network of library collections to today's digitally empowered user.
Eight Australian libraries will begin pilot testing OCLC WorldShare Management Services later this month.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.