Internet companies contribute hardware and services to Library of Congress site

Internet companies contribute hardware and services to Library of Congress site

Two companies are donating hardware and Internet services to support the new 'America's Library' Web site of the Library of Congress.

The multimedia site will use 12 Sun Microsystems Enterprise 250 servers and two Sun Enterprise 420R servers, Sun company spokeswoman Maria Villarino said.

The Enterprise 420Rs, each with four 450-MHz UltraSparc II processors and 4G of RAM, will provide streaming multimedia for library patrons. The Enterprise 250s, each with two 400-MHz processors and 2G of RAM, will support the rest of the site.

GlobalCenter Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., is donating Web hosting services for the America's Library site until Sept. 30, 2001. The donated services include physical space for the servers in the company's Herndon, Va., data center, Internet connectivity, and backup and monitoring services, GlobalCenter spokeswoman Secret Fenton said.

Library of Congress spokesman John Sayers said the library hadn't taken the server donations directly from Sun, but he confirmed that the library planned to move all the site materials to the GlobalCenter host last month.

Happy anniversary

Library officials launched the site from their own equipment, Sayers said, because they wanted the launch to coincide with the library's bicentennial anniversary on April 24.

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