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Data Research Moves Open Dranet Servers to Alpha AXP Computer

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Data Research Moves Open Dranet Servers to Alpha AXP Computer

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Data Research recently enhanced its expanding Open DRANET service by moving several of its database servers to Digital Equipment Corporation's 4000 Model 610 Alpha AXP computer. The new Alpha AXP server currently is host to Data Research's LC MARC and Authority databases, and to Cambridge Scientific Abstract citation databases.

As part of its commitment to promote global resource sharing, Data Research has offered free access to its Library of Congress databases (now housed on the Alpha AXP machine) for more than three years. Via the Internet using TELNET or World Wide Web, users across the globe are taking advantage of this service at an average rate of approximately 800 sessions totaling 12,000 searches each day.

With the Alpha AXP's 64-bit addressing capability (compared to more standard 32-bit addressing) and 32 gigabytes of storage, total capacity is dramatically increased, and users are able to more quickly access and retrieve desired information. Upon subscribing to Open DRANET, any user on a Data Research System or on any other system with a Z39.50-compliant client can directly access the Open DRANET servers, including the Alpha AXP server. …

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