QDrive and QDrive Turbo are in the final stages of development getting ready for Beta testing in early January.
Santa and his elves have been busy throughout the holiday season to bring you the next content management tool which will bring the power of distributing your content dynamically from multiple content distribution servers. This increases the horsepower behind delivering such things as images, multi-media (.wmv, .swf, .mov, etc) as well as audio files and podcasts (i.e. .mp3, .wma, .wav, etc).
Distributing the load of pulling your content off of multiple servers is vital if you do presentations with more than 10 people, produce a high volume of media content (podcasts, video casts, .wma presentations) or if you even have a high traffic website.
Let's use doing a presentation to 100 people for example. Below is a diagram which shows the normal means of distributing content to the participants. You push a page through the room that has some type of content on it, be it a set of images or multi-media content. With your current method, ALL the content is pulled from a single server by the 100 participants, thus creating a bottleneck for a single server. This can result in simply a delayed load time for simple images, all the way to bringing the server to it's knees if pushing larger multi-media content.
With QDrive Turbo, the content you upload is mirrored across several servers (depending on the plan you select - with a minimum of 3 servers). You place the link to the image/multi-media content generated by QDrive Turbo for the item on your webpage, blog or inside your presentation. When the page is pushed, it dynamically distributes the load across multiple servers. Let's say you had a 5 server version of QDrive Turbo, the same 100 people would be distributed amongst the 5 servers, thus resulting in only 20 people pulling content at a time from any one server (instead of 100 from a single server). This results in much faster load time and much less stress for each server.
Some of QDrive Turbo's features are:
- multiple levels of nested directory folders
- ability to attach a description to each file
- ability to search descriptions/file names
- ability to "push" to a connector URL directly from QDrive
- ability to add a file directly to a QStudio presentation folder
- statistics showing current bandwidth usage & quota as well as top 10 files accessed
- ability to "add additional servers" on a temporary basis in case you have a special event or just need more bandwidth added to your account
- transparent mirroring of files across multiple servers (you simply upload your file once and QDrive Turbo takes care of the rest)
- automatic "self auditing" feature to make sure the mirrored servers contain a copy of all your content
- scaled down version of QDrive Turbo accessible directly "inside" your DeskView application
Pricing structure is currently being developed but as usual will be affordable.
Beta testing should start sometime early in January.
This will certainly answer some of my current challenges Neal. I'm looking forward to the release. Thank you!