INTELLIGENCE SOLUTIONS FOR GOVERNMENT FROM CARAHSOFT ™
iOra Geo-Replicator enables SharePoint replication over low bandwidth.
Business/Mission Environment: Organizations have increasingly woken up the benefits of sharing data on a common platform. A single consistent view of corporate data removes inconsistencies and can act as the basis for ensuring regulatory compliance. This notion of consistency is often referred to as a single point of truth or true draft. However, this objective is complicated when organizations need to include remote users who connect to the corporate over limited or challenging network connections. To address this remote user access problem, organizations are increasingly deploying local portal servers to deliver content and data to remote users at LAN rather than extended WAN speeds.
This in turn introduces a new problem whereby multiple 'islands' of information are created and the ability to ensure overall corporate consistency across all corporate portals becomes particularly challenging, especially for those remote environments that are connected to the corporate network over limited connectivity.
Business/Mission Solution: iOra's Geo-Replicator ensures secure and scalable replication between servers, including those in remote locations, overcoming localized problems of limited bandwidth, latency and periodic network disconnection. It also guarantees local continuity even when the master server is unavailable. With full collaborative portal server replication, the data synchronization flows both ways between remote and central servers. This solution allows true global collaboration between a global work force on the content of portal documents. The ability to communicate information and data over low bandwidth is a game changing capability for many organizations. Typically the users deployed in remote locations are performing key operational tasks where access to the latest information can have a critical impact on the success of the operation.
Break Through Value Proposition: It is essential that regardless of the network connectivity, these users have access to the same information as the users on the main corporate network. To ensure that information can be replicated efficiently over these challenging network connections, data compression needs to be applied to reduce the required transmission.
iOra's patented Epsilon compression technology is our unique and world leading differentiator in the market and has been shown to out-perform other industry technologies, such as delta level differencing, by an order of magnitude because delta differencing is limited to comparing pairs of files with the same name.
Epsilon provides byte level differencing, supported by pattern matching. Where it differs from its nearest competitor is that it doesn't simply work within a single file, web page or document, but instead compresses across an entire Geo-Replicator data set. For example, if a new presentation is published in a portal, traditional differencing technique would have nothing to differentiate the presentation against. With Epsilon Compression, the presentation is compared against all the other content already held in the existing Geo-Replicator publication, regardless of file or data type. Typically this would mean that Epsilon would find that over 95% of the content of a new presentation already exists in other presentations or documents, and would reduce, for example, a 10 megabyte presentation to below 500 kilobytes.
Then, using Epsilon's byte level compression algorithms, the data is compressed further, reducing the 500 kilobytes in the example to less than 200 kilobytes, giving an overall compression ratio of over 98%. On a slow network this data deduplication translates to over 100 times faster transfers.