Enterprise Class Digital Signage Software
We often get asked to explain why prospective customers should be considering our Enterprise Class Content Management System (CMS), over other CMS systems available on the market, beyond simple features and functionality. In other words, what’s under the hood of an Enterprise Class CMS like ours that makes it different.
High Availability Enterprise Class CMS Software
The term “Enterprise Class” generally refers to high availability software applications that are designed and built to be robust and scalable across larger deployments. This does not preclude them from being used for smaller deployments, as doing so generally provides a sense of future proofing, along with an expanded feature set. We often tell prospective customers that High Availability Enterprise Class CMS solutions like ours are solutions you will “grow into rather than out of”. So what are the key areas of difference? We can break them down like this:
Scalability/ RedundancyOver the years, we have many times been approached to take over an existing digital signage network that may have functioned acceptably during a small pilot project or early on in smaller numbers, but once the project expanded, things rapidly degraded. This can occur for a number of reasons. Software applications and the infrastructure they are built upon are generally designed to handle certain volumes of traffic, once you exceed these volumes, things get congested and often fail. That is why scalability is important.
Redundancy is an important part of this process. Ensuring that not only Internet access but also instruction servers, database servers, file servers, and web servers are all properly load balanced and redundant for maximum possible availability is essential. In a High Availability Enterprise Class software solution implementation, there can be no single point of failure. To that effect, protection against catastrophic failure must also be considered. To that end, Enterprise Class software companies like us go to the extent of keeping a redundant, high availability infrastructure on “Pilot Light” on an opposite coast. Not an event that is pleasant to think about, but for completeness, one that needs to be there just in case.
SecurityLike a burglar alarm, proper security is often only considered after it’s too late. Enterprise Class systems consider both infrastructure and application security as an integral part of design. In general, all communication on the infrastructure side, no matter how small, must be made over secure connections; SSL/TLS. Furthermore, it is essential that all data/content be encrypted not only when in transit but also while at rest using strong encryption algorithms; AES-256.
A well designed Enterprise Class CMS handles both workflow security, as well as the security associated with content design easily.
If you want to discuss Enterprise CMS systems and the importance of scalability, redundancy, and security, feel free to contact us.