NXT Serves Up P2P

 
 
By Shammi Gill  |  Posted 2001-08-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


NXT Serves Up P2P

Another P2P option we tested is NextPages NXT 3 e-Content Platform, which shipped in June priced at $85,000 for 250 users and unlimited servers.

NXT 3 uses server-based P2P technology for distributed content management in large networks. The product acts as a content-sharing portal but neednt be aggregated to one server, offering less server strain than traditional content portals.

Installation and configuration are time-consuming propositions because of the integrated features, and are also dependent on the size of an organizations information base.

NXT 3 comes with seven built-in modules that interact with one another to manipulate content anywhere on the network. Its open-source architecture includes administration, content management and content delivery.

The Security Services module uses Secure Sockets Layer, access control modules and data encryption, enabling secure delivery of content. The Rapid- Apps module provides a Web-based user interface for navigating, searching and receiving relevant content.

We installed NXT 3 on a test system consisting of a Windows 2000 Advanced Server (Solaris is also supported) network of four servers. After configuration was complete and content was populated across the network, we easily sent, retrieved and managed a variety of content.

The user interface was very easy to navigate and simplified administration chores: We could easily set users rights to content and separated users into groups. NXT 3 supports disparate data formats, including HTML; Extensible Markup Language; Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Adobe Systems Inc.s PDF; Lotus Development Corp.s Notes; and Open Database Connectivity-compliant formats.

Centralized management made it easy to edit and delete content throughout the network. Advanced searches (including Boolean) and metadata analysis are supported.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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