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EBSCO Information Services continues to innovate its discovery service using Openstack and Avi Networks

Press Release: EBSCO Information Services [April 25, 2016]

Copyright (c) 2016 EBSCO Information Services

Abstract: EBSCO Information Services, the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide has deployed Avi Networks on OpenStack to create a highly-automated private cloud and cutting-edge software-defined data center.


Santa Clara, CA EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide has deployed Avi Networks on OpenStack to create a highly-automated private cloud and cutting-edge software-defined data center.

EBSCO is one of the largest divisions of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a 72-year old company that started out as a small subscription agency in 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama and has grown to a global enterprise with over 5,000 employees.

EBSCO is designed to meet the information technology needs of a variety of stakeholders by developing customizable services and strong user experiences that help libraries and other institutions support their end users. These end users—students, researchers, faculty members, library patrons, healthcare providers, and others—use EBSCO to access research information. The company needs to support a wide range of end users with its services from K-12 resources that introduce students to research, to sophisticated databases used by academic institutions, healthcare providers, corporations, and government agencies worldwide.

Always a technology innovator and an early adopter of OpenStack, EBSCO was looking for a solution to enable automation together with the ability to quickly scale to meet growing demands on its networks. EBSCO was seeking a load balancing solution to enhance its self-service offerings within its OpenStack environment, and achieve the performance it was seeking.

For EBSCO IT Architect Nate Baechtold this meant selecting a vendor with the agility and shared vision to match its goals for the OpenStack environment—one that is flexible and can support EBSCO's philosophy of adopting open source solutions. "Our primary motivators in selecting Avi Networks were the innovative application delivery services, performance insights through deep analytics, and self-service, as well as the platform's native integration with OpenStack components," said Nate Baechtold. "Avi helped to alleviate several pain points with legacy load balancers and allowed EBSCO to upgrade its services and highly automate its processes to roll out applications."

"EBSCO has been growing fast and we have clear plans for working with Avi," said Baechtold. "Our goal is to do live installations in our OpenStack environment and to make it generally available to all workloads in OpenStack. Once that is done, we will make it available for everything - inside and outside of OpenStack - and we will displace our traditional load balancing solutions with Avi. We will look to Avi to give us a continuum of capabilities between our private and public cloud in AWS. Additionally, Avi's support and vision for containers and PaaS solutions like Kubernetes aligns very well with our own."

"We are thrilled to be on board with the EBSCO team to help them accelerate and expand their capabilities and match the agility of their private cloud through Avi's software-defined platform for application services, load balancing, and analytics," said Guru Chahal VP of Products at Avi Networks. "With Avi's native integration with OpenStack components such as Horizon, Nova, and Neutron, we are able to support transformative projects for innovative companies like EBSCO."

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 800,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

About Avi Networks

Avi Networks delivers public-cloud-like agility for application services beyond load balancing including deep application analytics, predictive autoscaling, and security in the data center or public cloud. The Avi Vantage Platform delivers elastic, software-defined application services on commodity x86 servers, VMs, or containers. The platform provides application services as a dynamic pool of resources that matches the automation needs of private or public cloud initiatives. Global 2000 technology, media, and financial services companies use Avi Networks to accelerate application delivery, enable self-service for application owners, and lower their TCO. Learn more at www.avinetworks.com or @avinetworks.

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Publication Year:2016
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:April 25, 2016
Publisher:EBSCO Information Services
Company: EBSCO Information Services
Record Number:21529
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