How It Works

By Henry Baltazar  |  Posted 2002-03-11 Print this article Print

How It Works

To test-drive the NetApp Center-to-Edge Solution, we ran Presenter Inc.s iPresentation Suite e-learning program as the content creation application on a streaming media server. iPresentation Suite allows users to create online presentations with slides and voice narrations that can be published to an intranet site and provides content-on-demand functionality.

NAIs center-to-edge solution
After creating a slide show using iPresentation Suite on a Windows 2000 server, we stored the content on a NetApp F840 Filer, which acted as the primary data storage repository at our "center" site (see diagram).

We used NetApps software to manage and store content: ContentDirector determined where the content would be stored and how it would be managed, and ContentReporter monitored and reported how the system was operating.

Using ContentDirector running on an Intel Corp.-based server, we scheduled a cache update job to populate our NetApp C6100 caching unit at the edge of the test network with the newly created presentations. We ran a Windows 2000 desktop as a client at the edge site. ContentReporter enabled us to verify that when a request for cached content was sent, the content we received came from the edge cache unit and not the filer unit at the center. The arrangement worked without a hitch in our tests.


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