Hosting Infrastructure for the Enterprise

Brian Browning | Senior Director of Client Services
• Examples of Successful Enterprise Sites on Ektron
• Hosting Infrastructure for the Enterprise
– Hosting Models
• Tiered Models
• Role of e-Sync
• Geographically Dispersed Hosting
– Tips for Scaling and Performance
– Strategy for Deployment
Requirements Gathering
Infrastructure Planning
• Integration
– Core Ektron Application Architecture
– System of Record Definitions
– Ektron APIs
• Question / Answer Session
AMC Theaters uses Ektron to handle the traffic of 75,099,651 page views per month
Citigroup uses Ektron to handle the traffic of 44,357,941 page views per month
Walmart uses Ektron to handle the traffic of 17,256,067 page views per month
Mitsubishi supports 112 corporate and dealer sites
Saint-Gobain supports their multiple international businesses with 88 sites
Rice University supports 50 school sites
• Hosting Models
– Single Server
• Virtual Stage / Production
– 2 Tier
• Development / Production
– 3 Tier
• Development / Staging / Production
– Hybrid Models
• Ektron’s Architecture is Flexible enough to cover
almost any hybrid model
• 4 Tier, 5 Tier, 6+ Tiers
– Multiple Site Models
• Authoring Environment Definition
– Flexibility abounds when it comes to
deciding where to author content in the
– Display Servers versus Authoring Servers
– Most Enterprise Customers choose to
author within a Staging or Authoringspecific environment before pushing to
• A Closer Look at e-Sync
– e-Sync migrates:
• Content stored in the SQL Server database
• File system assets (ASPX Templates, Search Indexes, Uploaded
Assets, DMS)
– Each can be moved independently based on custom
e-Sync Profiles
– e-Sync can be configured to push content and related
• Automatically
• On a Scheduled Basis
– e-Sync is also Bi-Directional, so authoring can occur in
multiple environments and be synchronized throughout the
entire hosting environment
– Multiple databases can be used to improve performance
or to handle multi-site configurations
• Tips for Scaling and Performance
– Importance of Caching
• Control Level
• Page Level
• Server Level
– Content Delivery Networks
• Offload bandwidth intensive content to CDNs to improve
– Streaming Media, Large File System Assets
• CDNs also deliver content based on geographical
location and can dramatically improve perceived
• Requirements Gathering
– Current Activity Analysis
• Based on current site traffic reviews
– Estimation of Production Load Levels
• Get Business Stakeholder Buy-In
– Fail-Over / Redundancy Planning
• Hot Environment
• Cold Environment
– Ektron Licensing Compliance
• Infrastructure Planning
– Procurement / Critical Path Identification
– Associated Hardware
• Load Balancing Hardware
• Any Associated Switches, Routers, etc.
– Software Needed
• Migration Tools
• Performance Monitoring
– Development of Custom e-Sync Plan
• Implementation
– Build-out of Environments
– Implementation of e-Sync throughout
– Testing
• Security Scanners (Acunetix)
• Performance Testing Tools (LoadRunner)
• Testing
– Performance and Load Testing
– Review Architecture of the Source Code
• Define Performance Standards for Source Code as
part of the Discovery Phase
• Focus On:
– Reducing calls to the web server
– Simplifying Javascript and CSS
– Leveraging Caching
• Continuously monitor over time
• Anticipate periods of Peak Performance
– Driven by Marketing or Business Needs
• Integration
– System of Record Definitions
• Importance for Data Integrity
– ETL Approaches
• Extract Data from Source System
• Transform to Match Ektron’s Table Structure
• Load into Ektron
– Be careful about Customizing Ektron DB
• Avoid Problems with Future Upgrades
• Leverage Ektron API at all times!
• APIs are the heart of
integration with
• APIs protect custom
functionality in the
event of future
• Ektron APIs Include:
– Ektron.cms.
– Ektron.cms.API
• Ektron Application Layer
• Ektron Data Access Layer
• Provider Models
• Extensions
• Integration with Third-Party Systems
and Applications
– Integration is often the most complex part
of an Enterprise Ektron build
– Integration typically drives the most
business value
– Each implementation of a
third-party system or tool is unique
Thanks for attending today!
For more information, please contact:
Brian Browning
Senior Director of Client Services
[email protected]

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