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Busting Episerver Myths: Can Episerver Only Be Hosted in the Cloud?

Episerver_hosting.jpgIn our recent webinar, “The Top 10 Misconceptions Ektron Users Have About Episerver”, we cleared up several of the myths that have arisen about the Episerver platform and the Episerver/Ektron merger. While the webinar gave us the chance to answer some common questions, we wanted to delve into some of the topics more deeply and bring a better understanding of the platform to anyone who has questions.

One area that has caused some confusion is hosting. Since the converged platform that incorporates features of both Episerver and Ektron is known as the Digital Experience Cloud, this has raised the question of whether the Episerver platform can only be hosted in the cloud, or whether on-premises hosting solutions are also available.

Putting the name of the product aside, one of the reasons why we at WSOL are so impressed with the Episerver software solution stack is its versatility when it comes to hosting. Episerver offers a wide variety of ways to combine their software offerings to meet customer demands. We wanted to delve into the options that are available:

The Three Basic Hosting Principles

Typically, a company has three options for hosting their website. They can use on-premises web servers hosted in the company’s offices or a company-owned data center, in a private cloud provided by a hosting provider, or in a public cloud provided by services such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services. These are the three basic hosting principles, but the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud offers more flexibility than just those three options.

For instance, part of a company’s web infrastructure, such as their main web server, can be hosted on-premises, but if a company also wants to utilize one of Episerver’s SaaS-based solutions, such as Episerver Find, these two options can easily be implemented together.

Other Hosting Options

In addition to variations upon the three basic hosting options, Episerver provides additional options to meet their customers’ needs. If a company is looking for managed hosting and application support SLAs, Episerver has an offering for that. If an organization prefers to lease software rather than purchase (usually for the reason of incurring operational expenses rather than capital expenses), Episerver has offerings for that as well.

One of the great benefits of the Episerver platform is that it does not require a baseline configuration for hosting and managing the CMS software. Instead, its offerings can almost be sliced and diced in any way the customer likes in order to meet their needs. This level of flexibility provides options that many people, from website owners to CMS developers, are not used to, and these options stretch beyond that of similar platforms. By providing these extensive options, Episerver allows their clients to choose the configuration that best suits their business goals and brings the highest ROI from their digital strategy.

Do you have any questions about Episerver hosting configurations and how you can make the best use of the options available for your organization? Please contact us, and we’ll work with you to get the most out of your digital strategy. We look forward to helping you find success with Episerver!

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About the Author

Chris Osterhout
Chris Osterhout
Chris rose through the ranks of website development, ASP.NET architecture, project management and team leadership, to overall digital solution strategy management. As SVP of Strategy, Chris helps clients understand the entire digital spectrum and guides them toward successful online solutions. Chris is a recognized expert on the Ektron / EPiServer CMS platforms and publishes, speaks and provides general thought leadership to clients and the greater web development community alike.
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