May 18, 2022

Article: “New York Public Library Reads Up on the Cloud”

Computerworld reports on how NYPL is utilizing cloud computing.

From the Article:

Four years ago, the New York Public Library began to move its web properties to the cloud.

Today, the library system has all of its approximately 80 web sites in the cloud. The library has shrunk the number of on-premise servers by 40% and is running those web properties 95% more cheaply than if it had bought the hardware and software to do it all by itself.

The library took a risk on the cloud, and on Amazon Web Services (AWS), and it paid off.


He’s [Jay Haque, director of DevOps and Enterprise Computing, NYPL] considering using the AWS Glacier cloud storage service because it is a low-cost storage option for “dark” data, which is rarely used or accessed.

“But do we keep a second copy somewhere and a third copy somewhere else?” he asked, explaining that it would be optimal to be able to make a change to the data in one cloud and have it update across all three vendors. “We’d like to use Google, AWS and Azure. I don’t know if that’s the answer for us, but that’s what we’re thinking about … It will be interesting to see what they would be willing to do to make it easy to use. We’ll talk with them about it at some point.”

Read the Complete Article (approx. 1270 words)

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.