At an increasing rate, Enterprises are adopting SharePoint as a development and publishing platform for internal and public facing websites. To effectively manage web deployments,
âbest practiceâ suggests the use of dedicated, separate environments for Development, Testing and Production; this tiered architecture allows for judicious change control, especially in high-use SharePoint organizations. Moving the necessary content, components, and code assets across each tier often presents a series of operational challenges. Designed to replace manual processes, ROSSâs commercial-strength feature set overcomes these challenges through intelligent automation. ROSS helps to accelerate release cycles, ensure content/application continuity, invoke disciplined change control processes and reduce operational overhead, regardless of the size or complexity of the SharePoint environment.
âThroughout the early stages of ROSSâs development and especially during the beta programs, the most common issues expressed by SharePoint administrators were the need for granular control over what / how assets are replicated, reliability in the replication process, governance over who can submit deployments, and the explicit desire to reduce manual processes,â commented Yossi Moriel, CEO of RepliWeb, Inc. âThese are the same issues that we have been addressing in traditional web and application environments since 2002. Throughout our extensive beta evaluation engagements, ROSS has delivered quantifiable performance and productivity gains that translated to tangible business benefits.â
To accommodate virtually any deployment scenario, ROSS offers a diverse portfolio of job scheduling and configuration capabilities that help transform disconnected manual deployments into automated, centrally managed processes. ROSS replicates essential SharePoint assets including sites, solutions, structure, look & feel, navigation, galleries, features, content types and document libraries from sites to sites/sub-sites, farm to farm, or across multiple distributed farms.
Further, ROSS allows administrators to either deploy Sites and Site Collections comprehensively or granularly, selecting which elements and content to replicate on a per job basis. All ROSS jobs are monitored from start to finish and can be rolled back in the event of unintended deployments.
To help govern the process of change control, ROSS offers a unique layer of approvals and job delegations which alleviate bottlenecks at the administrative level, reduce deployment errors, and ultimately accelerate release cycles. Further, ROSS provides highly detailed reports for peace-of-mind, auditing, or troubleshooting. This combination of process automation and job delegation frees up IT resources while speeding the release of critical information or applications into production environments.
Multi-stage scenarios aside, ROSS is also an ideal solution for replicating assets from a primary SharePoint farm to a secondary âoffsiteâ farm. ROSS replication processes limit data transfers to only the deltas of source and target. This highly efficient approach results in rapid replication times and positions ROSS as a critical IT resource for business continuity strategies.
âCustomer demand played a big role in RepliWebâs strategic move into the SharePoint arena,â commented Yossi Moriel, CEO RepliWeb Inc. âWe have been investing heavily in SharePoint related solutions for the last two years. We are confident that the release of ROSS will further establish us as serious application infrastructure provider and valued partner for SharePoint-enabled organizations.â