"IS Oxford have been hosting our catalogue for a while now and could not have been more helpful. We had a very slow response from our previous host, with insufficient priority given to our needs. Now they do all the upgrades, backups and if we have to change settings IS Oxford's instructions are clear. I can truly recommend it especially since there is limited technical help available at the school."
Adams Grammar School
We have been hosting Heritage Online for many customers for a number of years, but the release of Heritage Cirqa at last enables us to offer a managed hosting service for the entire solution.
So why have Heritage Cirqa hosted by us?
For further information, including prices, please contact our Sales Manager, Emma Duffield.
We already provide fully managed Heritage Cirqa hosting services to Heritage Cirqa users within the NHS. It should be noted, however, that this service is provided via the internet and not NHSNet.
Many of our users are able to host Heritage themselves but prefer to let us host Heritage Online (the web-interface to Heritage) on their behalf. There are a number of benefits to this approach, not least that we assume responsibility for installation, maintenance and upgrades.
If live data is hosted (i.e. a real-time view of the data) then a connection will be required from our WebServer back to your Heritage fileserver. With a live system your users can no only search but also, optionally, view their own library account, reserve and renew items and maintain their own list of items.
Live hosting is a secure solution, but some institutions are precluded from running it because of local restrictions, in these cases, we can host a 'snapshot' copy of Heritage instead which gives full search access to your catalogue but without user accounts or item availability information.
The NHS runs a secure network from which publishing data to the internet can be difficult, meaning that users usually have to be within the NHS to access your system. We are able to offer full Heritage Online hosting on behalf of NHS users using our own secure NHSNet (N3) connection. Thus we can securely publish your Heritage catalogue on to the internet whilst leaving Heritage running from its existing server.
An important advantage of this approach is that we handle the installation, configuration and maintenance of Heritage Online, which means that you and your IT colleagues can get on with other, more important things.