Operations Options

Keystone provides three options for acquiring, operating, and supporting KLAS:

  1. KLAS SaaS (software as a service) and Keystone hosting services.
  2. Purchase of perpetual KLAS licenses with Keystone hosting services.
  3. Purchase of perpetual KLAS licenses and the customer hosting the operation in computer facilities owned and operated by the customer.

A Comparison of Operations Options:

 

Software as a Service (SaaS)

Keystone Hosted

Self-Hosted

Up-front Licensing Costs

None

YES

YES

Location of Server

Keystone
(Connect to database
over Internet)

Keystone
(Connect to database over Internet)

Customer’s site

Server Maintenance Costs

Included

Included

Local IT

Disaster Recovery

YES

YES

YES

Database Secure

(Multiple Firewalls & VPN Connection)

YES

YES

?

Very High Bandwidth

(T3 Fiber Connections between database and Internet)

YES

YES

?

Easy Management of Growth

(Manage and Insure Excess Capacity on Servers)

YES

YES

?

Upgrades to KLAS and Progress

Applied by Keystone

Applied by Keystone

Applied by
Local IT

Need IT / Database Administrator Onsite

None Needed

None Needed

YES

 

 

 

Summary of Options

  • Option 1: SaaS (Software as a Service) and Keystone Hosting

KLAS SaaS is based on paying a monthly fee for using the software as a service and having the databases hosted at Keystone Systems’ offices.  This option has the lowest up-front cost as there is no licensing of software or purchase of a server.  Keystone staff will provide hosting services as described in the “Keystone Hosting Services” document.

  • Option 2: Perpetual License with Keystone Hosting

The library purchases the software licenses and pays a monthly fee to Keystone for hosting the database and providing services as described in the “Keystone Hosting Services” document.  With this option, the library will not need to purchase a server, nor budget for maintenance or upgrades of the server.  This provides the stability offered by the perpetual license option and the reliability and enhanced services offered by Keystone hosting.

  • Option 3: Perpetual License and Self-Hosting

Self-hosting is based on paying a one-time fee to license the application software and having the databases operate on servers at your site.  Your library will be responsible for providing appropriate servers and ensuring their proper operation.  Your staff will connect to the databases over your internal network.

This option requires a more significant up-front cost, but lower on-going operations fees.  With this you purchase, KLAS licenses, a server, and budget for IT staff to implement and maintain the server.  You will also need to plan to replace and/or upgrade the server every 3-5 years.