In October of last year Sitefinity announced version 3.5 of the .NET built web content management solution. That new version was built for optimal performance among other new features and enhancements. With the increasing amount of content that needs be available to a global audience, performance issues are certainly a primary concern for organizations.
That is why Telerik has choosen to not only provide performance optimization within its content management system, but they have also announced the integration of Sitefinity with Amazon S3 for cloud-based storage.
The Global View of Information
Telerik calls it a "new unconventional type of web information management". With global workforces and customers spread across the world, organizations need to provide information easily, quickly and securely. This is not a nice-to-have feature of content management, it's a requirement.
So if you don't want, or can't afford, to build huge data centers across the world to support this global requirement, then you want to look for an alternative. That's where Amazon comes in.
Amazon S3 is a cloud-based storage offering. It provides developers with a web services interface to store and retrieve data from their servers anytime, anywhere.
Sitefinity's Cloud Storage Service
Telerik has now added a data provider for Sitefinity that hooks into Amazon S3, allowing organizations to store their data in the cloud and not on a database or file server somewhere in house.
“The fast and easy delivery of massive amounts of information across the Web is no longer an advantage but rather a requirement”, says Sitefinity CMS Architect Boyan Rabchev. “We now give developers the opportunity to leverage the scalability and cost benefits this new cloud storage service offers”.
It's not really clear how using an S3 data provider will work with their new Caching capabilities. If users are caching their content on their servers, how does storing it in the cloud speed up delivery of that content? It's fine to store your data in the cloud, but delivery is not exactly sped up if it's still cached on a local server somewhere. Unless, of course, if you also implement an Amazon CDN.
You can learn more about the Sitefinity content management system on the Sitefinity website.