Hosted version of EZproxy now available from OCLC

Calling all EZproxy admins! Happy Hanukkah and Christmas came early this year: OCLC EZproxy is now available as a hosted service. So you no longer have to maintain all the database tables and configuration files yourself, unless you just like doing it. Five libraries have been in pilot with the hosted service since April 2009, and they've helped the cooperative work out any kinks in the system. EZproxy now joins other OCLC services available as hosted versions, including CONTENTdm and ILLiad. What do you stand to gain from moving to the EZproxy hosted service? From the official announcement:
  • Timely addition of new databases
  • Reduced reliance on technical staff for initial configuration or ongoing configuration file changes
  • Peace of mind with a secure environment and security for user information
  • 24/7/365 access monitoring and reporting on usage
  • Elimination of local proxy server (or other hardware) maintenance
  • Automatic updating for bi-annual enhancements
So you'll always run the latest and greatest version--currently 5.3. And OCLC supplies the security certificate, too. In case you're curious, the deployment on cooperative's end is on Linux VM services at the OCLC data center. It currently has more than 2,200 VMs deployed as of 17 November. There are full diesel and battery back-ups for the data center and two commercial power feeds...just in case someone upstream gets crazy with a backhoe--you don't lose your eContent access. EZproxy hosted service sits alongside other recent OCLC innovations to help make it easier (and cheaper) to manage and provide access to eContent, including the WorldCat knowledge base, licensed resource management, and integrated link resolution. Learn more about the EZproxy hosted version at one of a couple introductory Webinars. New and current EZproxy users are encouraged to attend: To get a price quote for your institution to move to the hosted version, send your name, institution and FTE or community served to EZproxy [AT]

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