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Eprise Quickens Web Content Distribution with New Suite

Framingham, Mass.'s Eprise Corp. Wednesday rolled out a content deployment suite as the newest arrival to the firm's family of content management products for the Web.

The Eprise Content Deployment Suite (ECDS) takes dynamic content that has been created by an Eprise authoring server and automatically restores and synchronizes it for delivery across multiple deployment servers.

The combination of Eprise Participant Server, which was upgraded last week, and ECDS aims to entice customers with a scalable solution for enterprise content creation, management and distribution.

Within an Eprise environment, ECDS can replicate content throughout a local server farm to support load-balanced sites or to duplicate content from a central authoring server to other remote Web servers. Users' interaction on the site is never interrupted by updates because multiple servers can receive new content without having to go offline for a spell.

For Eprise, it's all about minimizing the IT workload by automating content updates across numerous servers. ECDS enables rules and quality levels to be defined to assure that content is properly replicated and staged before updates are published.

Eprise already has an international customer using ECDS. Babcock Borsig, a company specializing in power engineering and shipbuilding, deployed ECDS to streamline the company data distribution process for its global intranet, which is used by more than 30,000 employees.

"We tapped Eprise, and specifically ECDS, because it enabled us to easily manage content among our unique business units and share that information across multiple Web sites," said Gunter Peters, who is responsible for e-business strategies and large-scale IT projects at Babcock Borsig.

Eprise also incorporated technology from Inktomi Corp.'s Content Delivery Suite for ECDS under a pre-existing agreement.

Priced at $70,000, ECDS is currently available from Eprise in a package that includes a license for the controller server and licenses for five content deployment agents. Volume pricing, along with licenses for the content deployment agents alone, are also available.