IHS Markit Benefits from K4 Upgrade and Custom Development

The Challenge

IHS Markit™, a world leader in critical information, based in London, had a problem. Their system had become outdated and needed an upgrade. At the same time, IHS Markit needed to consider its very sophisticated PHP scripting that exported vjoon K4 content to the CMS. The entire server infrastructure needed to be replaced with modern systems. Client workstations needed to be renewed, and the Adobe applications needed to be updated to the Creative Cloud. Plus, they had to continue to manage and output multiple publications, including daily and weekly newsletters.

Beyond the need for updates, the hardware running the K4 server had become older and increasingly unreliable. Personnel changes over the years had created a knowledge gap for how to properly maintain the aging systems. The company determined that their CMS also needed to be replaced. That project was undertaken in conjunction with the K4 system upgrade.

The K4 Solution

What had started out as a K4 upgrade expanded into a top-to-bottom system replacement. This included server installation efforts with the IT group, scripting development, close project management coordination with IHS Markit managers, coordination with the CMS development group, and user training on the new system.

Rather than updating the PHP scripting that drove the CMS export process, which would have taken months for IHS Markit developers to replace the old code, MEI made use of the advanced features available through K4 XML Exporter. No user guide or documentation describing the old code was available, so MEI examined the PHP to determine the export functionality. MEI replaced that functionality with XSLT and additional scripting, while enhancing the export process using K4 metadata and ImageMagick export options. (ImageMagick is bundled with the K4 system and provides robust options for image processing and conversion.) As a function of the enhanced export process, MEI programmed ImageMagick to convert print image file types—TIF, JPG, EPS, AI—to web-ready JPG images.

The Results

When completed, the new export process allowed IHS Markit staff to manage their entire web export process directly through K4 using the K4 Query panel. They no longer needed to rely on the external PHP processes that involved multiple external windows and functions. MEI not only replicated, but streamlined multiple aspects of the export process. Users could now size images for web export using K4 metadata settings. InDesign tables, which were being manually converted to images prior to export, could now be exported directly to HTML by converting InDesign styles to XML tags and then to HTML. Significant time was saved, and effort eliminated, in the MEI scripting upgrade. New HTML elements were added as well, providing enhanced output options for the IHS Markit web group. Finally, the export was configured to directly target the updated IHS Markit web CMS. The solution provides a fully automated migration and conversion of content from print to web.

IHS Markit is now benefitting from users working with up-to-date applications and the latest version of K4 running on powerful new servers. Robust backup and data protection strategies ensure that IHS Markit systems remain available and users able to perform their work without issue. The enhancements to their export process also allowed IHS Markit staff to save significant time and effort in their daily work.

Hudson Projects Rocks a New Sales Enablement App for Sound United

Sound United is on a mission to bring joy to the world through sound. To help deliver their message, they needed an interactive sales enablement app that their sales team could use to guide visitors through a diverse array of unique audio brands, including the likes of Denon, Polk, Marantz and Definitive Technology. They turned to Hudson Projects, a top-notch design and marketing firm, to produce the high-quality tablet app, which the sales team used last month at the Consumer Technology Association Conference in Las Vegas.

Hudson Projects relied on the app experts at MEI, along with the Twixl Publisher app platform,  to handle the technical execution, so that they could remain focused on designing an engaging brand experience for their client, Sound United.

“MEI and Twixl were key ingredients that enabled us to deliver the art and branding experience we wanted to achieve without having to sweat the technical. It was a great collaboration that allowed us to focus on doing what we do best – the design – and leave the technical challenge to our partners.”

— Michael Laddey, Hudson Projects

In the end, Sound United was able to turn to Hudson Projects to deliver a stellar app within a short timeline, while holding up to the high-quality standards of the brand. And during the process, Hudson Projects was able to remain focused on the creative work they do so well, by leaving the technical challenges to MEI and Twixl Publisher.

MEI Releases Page Director ALS and AdForce Version 5.9

Managing Editor® Inc. (MEI) has released the latest version of its award-winning Page Director® Series: ALS, AdForce® and ALS for Magazines. Version 5.9 supports macOS® High Sierra and is compatible with Adobe® Creative Cloud® 2018 version of InDesign® when paired with the newly released Ad Import, Fido, and Split & Folio Plug-ins for CC 2018.

ALS lets you manage issue planning and ad layout for any publication. In just moments, you can have a fully paginated, accurate ad dummy that can be opened in Adobe InDesign. ALS for Magazines is built specifically for magazine planning and production. AdForce is the cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for small to mid-size publications. For more information on the Page Director Series, please visit the MEI software  page.

About MEI

Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), developers of TruEdit, helps publishers and creative teams maximize production performance through digital technology. MEI specializes in integrated digital publishing solutions that improve collaboration, automate content creation for multi-channel workflows, and manage digital experiences. MEI’s offerings range from ad layout software to enterprise asset and workflow management.

Over 3,000 customers in 53 countries count on MEI for publishing and workflow, digital production, creative services, custom development, system integration, and training and support.

 

For Additional Information
Courtney Feild, MEI Marketing Manager
215-886-5662
cfeild@maned.com

 

Euromoney Institutional Investor Triumphs with TruEdit

Euromoney Institutional Investor (EII) was looking to increase operational efficiency and streamline the production process for their publications: Institutional Investor and Alpha. After an internal assessment, the company decided to move from their legacy system to MEI’s TruEdit. We sat down with Business Applications Analyst, Valerie Crowley, to discuss how the new system is improving the way EII works.

What was the motivation to change your content management system?

When I joined EII a couple years ago, the first thing I did was a full audit of current applications and systems. My philosophy is: tell me what you are looking to accomplish and I will advise you on the best way to get there, so I wanted to be sure we were working as efficiently as possible. It’s all about working better; smarter. Over the course of the audit, I discovered that the content system in place was not the best system to meet our needs.  Features were under-utilized or unnecessary, the system was overly complicated, and it required a significant effort in time and IT resources to maintain.  After doing some research and working with MEI, it was determined that TruEdit could more fully support our goals to improve contributor processes, reduce our server imprint, and increase efficiency.

How did you select TruEdit?

We needed a system that supported our current workflow, and improved it. A system that could support the way our editorial and creative teams work, enhance current processes, and reduce the organizational resources required to maintain the system. The team was seeking a system that simplified the process and was user friendly. At the end of my research, TruEdit was a no-brainer. It’s a better system, at a more reasonable price, and met much of our criteria.

TruAuthor, the native TruEdit HTML authoring module, was a key factor that allowed us to change the ways in which remote workers deliver content. Being able to produce web, mobile and print content from a web browser, anywhere, is a huge benefit, as we have staff and freelance writers working across continents. The integration with InDesign and InCopy allows our teams to continue using their favorite tools within the TruEdit workflow. Real-time updates, version control, and the project management tools – such as status rights for all content – are important features that support our objectives. The TruEdit platform comes with data backup and recovery, which reduced the expense and resource required under our legacy system. The ability to work directly with the TruEdit development and support staff , rather than a 3rd party re-seller, has been a huge benefit. TruEdit represented a system that we could fully utilize, and has improved production operations. It was an easy decision.

What was the conversion process like? How was training and implementation?

Implementation has been very smooth, with a minimal learning curve. TruEdit is very process-driven. Workflow is simplified and logical. We have found it very easy to use. In fact, just last week, I needed to add a couple new users to the system. In no time they were up and running, and have been working in the system without issue ever since.

How has TruEdit changed the way you work? What have been the outcomes?

It has saved us time and money- it doesn’t require the same level of internal or external service and support as our legacy system.  Our legacy system required us to backup all our data, and maintain the servers ourselves.  Additionally, we required a software service agreement to support our legacy system. It was a huge drain on staff and budget resources. Now data backup and recovery is maintained through MEI and TruEdit. Moving to TruEdit reduced our server imprint by 75%, and significantly reduced support expenses.

Less time is spent on training, trouble-shooting, or maintaining our content management system. As a result, our Technology Department is now able to focus on other projects. The Editorial and Creative Teams are much happier with TruEdit, which in turn has made them more productive. The gain in efficiency and productivity, means more time can be dedicated to brand development. The big take-away has been that TruEdit better suits our needs and has improved the way we work.

Phase two of implementation is incorporating TruAuthor into our workflow. The value for us has been in streamlining the system and process, so I’m anxious to see what happens after we add this piece. The TruAuthor implementation into the workflow will occur this month (October).

You mentioned implementing TruAuthor, how do you envision that impacting your workflow?

We are really excited about adding TruAuthor to our process. It’s a great way for remote users to enter content. Being able to log in from anywhere on any web browser will be immensely helpful for our freelance and staff writers.  This was one of the big selling points when we were considering TruEdit, as it represents a new, better way for remote workers to deliver content.

Right now, our freelance writers are required to maintain subscriptions to Adobe Creative Suite, in order to submit copy. With the adoption of TruAuthor, they will be able to log into TruEdit, and submit content directly.  The VPN access will also be unnecessary, eliminating the obstacles remote workers and IT are currently challenged by.

The pressure is not only to provide a steady stream of content, but also to be the first to tell the story. With TruEdit we are working better and smarter, to be everywhere our audience is. TruAuthor will allow us to work web-first, and I believe it will give us a competitive edge on breaking news stories.

 

 

Should Publishing Platform Impact Quality Expectations?

I admit it. I’m a slow reader. Maybe it’s because of all my years – many, many years ago – as a typesetter and proofreader. My job was to make sure every letter, every word, was correct and looked right. And indeed, everything I read on my own in print – books, magazines, newspapers – always looked perfect.

I would dare anyone to read just about any published work and find a typo or any other mistake. Or even find copy that didn’t look perfectly arranged, line after line. Unless a last-minute change in a newspaper story was made, and the paste-up person waxed a new line of copy down a little crooked. I actually felt a bit gleeful when I spotted it, knowing exactly what that process entailed.

Then, of course, came desktop publishing. Newspapers and magazines started realizing the huge cost  and time savings of producing fully laid out pages versus galley paste-ups. This also marked  the first significant drop in the overall quality of the look of the copy.

Remember when you read a newspaper and you started seeing weird things in the copy? There were dramatic differences in the way the text looked. Sometimes a line of text had just a few words spread apart with big spaces between the letters. Or you could see “rivers” that looked like snaking white space running down through the paragraph.

What we witnessed was the first compromise of quality in print, because desktop publishing software didn’t have the same typographic controls that the earlier typesetting systems offered. Publishing Industry expectations seemed to change a little, with a willingness to give up some quality standards in order to capitalize on the new technology.

Now I can’t say whether the consumers’ expectations changed, except maybe for all the other old typesetters and proofreaders out there like me. The technology certainly didn’t seem to compromise the quality of the written content itself. It just created a bit of a distraction that some people may have noticed.

Over time, of course, desktop publishing software got better and better. It offered sufficiently enhanced typographic controls, such that the printed newspaper story and magazine article started looking pretty good again.

Fast forward to today. Like millions of others, I do most of my reading online – particularly articles on news web sites as well as opinion pieces on other editorial web sites. I still like to read magazines in printed form.

It is evident that the proliferation of current events – in politics, world affairs, natural disasters – has resulted in an enormous volume of published digital content for voracious readers, with updates added constantly. The more I read online, the more I noticed an unusual trend.

I started to see all kinds of errors in the way the copy was written. Double words, wrong words, wrong tense, wrong possessive, missing words. Sometimes it subtly affected the meaning of the content itself. (Interestingly, however, I rarely saw a misspelling. Thank you, spell check?)

I realized that I was seeing these kinds of errors in one or more articles just about every day while reading stories online. I began to ask myself: Does the volume of content required to stay in front of consumers mean sacrificing quality? Quantity over quality?

As I thought about these questions, I was reminded of what I knew was happening in the publishing industry. We were aware of organizational changes taking place in publishing organizations – many of them our customers. Staffs were shrinking, editorial teams were consolidating around content groupings rather than individual brands, and with print becoming less profitable and less prevalent and digital content more prolific, some brands were even shutting down their print issues.

My thinking reached a tipping point when I read about the hundreds of employees who staged a walk-out at one of the largest newspapers to protest the elimination of the copy desk and the resulting layoffs of half the copy editors. Like many other news organizations, the goal was to streamline editorial operations, to support hiring more journalists, in order to support the growing need for digital content.

Why should the delivery platform impact quality expectations? Or eliminate quality checks altogether?

Considering the amount of digital content published, and the number of errors I saw every day, it seemed clear to me that the copy editor was needed more than ever.

“For those in the business of words, copy editors are considered the ‘safety nets,’ the meticulous proofreaders who catch everything from spelling mistakes to major factual errors,” wrote Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post, June 30.

Camryn Bell, in a blog post for The Daily Californian on August 31, wrote, “Copy editing is a quiet business. It is behind the scenes, and much of the work is felt in the negative space – in grammar errors that aren’t there, or mistakes not made. But in this space, copy editors are also responsible not just for spelling mistakes, but tone, accuracy and the reliability of sources. These are the things that keep content reliable, and part of why it is so alarming to see a nationwide trend of publications laying off their copy editors.”

Other manufacturers figure out how to build quality into their process, instead of simply relying solely on inspection. During my years at a large prepress company, we focused on how we could change production processes to improve quality as well as reduce errors. Our answer was to reorganize from functional department structures to customer-focused teams, with each team made up of workers from all functional areas, handling a specific group of customers. The result was reduced errors, faster cycle times and increased quality.

I recall a similar organizational change made several years ago by a larger publisher. They brought high-resolution color management processes into each magazine’s editorial/design team, instead of funneling all the work into a separate prepress department. The result? Better quality, reduced cycle times.

There was a time when we readers were quite used to the “errors that aren’t there” and the “mistakes not made.” News organizations should be able to figure out how to produce higher volumes of digital content without sacrificing quality, without “throwing out the baby with the bath water.”

In the meantime, I may need to learn to speed-read.

Announcing New TruEdit Solutions: Studio, Team, and Pro

Transform the way you work with the TruEdit solution that’s right for you.

We are pleased to announce the release of TruEdit® tiers: Studio, Team, and Pro, the latest version of the content management and workflow solution platform.

TruEdit has always been about supporting the workflows of organizations that publish content as a significant part of their operations. Our new tiered solutions target the content creation tools that organizations use to create and deliver this content.

Those new to TruEdit will be delighted by our approach to content creation and workflow management. Those already familiar with TruEdit, will appreciate our latest updates, including advanced production intelligence and analytics and enhanced security.

Here is a brief overview:

STUDIO is ideal for groups seeking a collaborative content workspace for digital communications. Features include HTML Authoring with TruEdit’s TruAuthor™, a WordPress Connection and Workflow Management.

TEAM offers project management with optional digital-to-print workflows. It includes advanced production intelligence with Dashboard, for data visualization reporting, it supports MS Word workflows, and has the ability to integrate with Adobe InDesign, using TruEdit’s Adobe InDesign® Plug-in add-on. Team also offers the opportunity to have a workflow consultation with one of our Customer Success Specialists.

PRO provides the enterprise-level access controls and customizations our clients have come to rely on for their content management and workflow needs. This advanced package includes SAML based Single Sign-On, Integration with TruEdit’s Adobe InDesign and InCopy Plug-in, and fully customizable workflows.

Integration with over 750 apps, and add-ons such as Twixl Publisher for app building, TruEdit’s Adobe InDesign Plug-in for print workflows, and Enterprise Booster for those seeking concierge service, makes TruEdit the versatile tool your organization needs.

As the demand for content increases, TruEdit can help deliver your message everywhere it needs to be. For more information and to find the best version for your team, please visit our Solutions page.

TruEdit Helps Hurricane-Impacted Communities Share Stories of Recovery

After the media spotlight fades on the residents impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it is important for individuals, communities and relief organizations to share their stories of these life-changing events. The hurricane aftermath is about reflection, healing, determination and rebuilding lives and property for the future. The stories that emanate from these challenging times need to be told – and shared.

MEI is offering a subscription to the TruEdit content platform for nonprofit associations and educational institutions in the hurricane-impacted areas to tell the stories of the residents and communities during the rebuilding process. If a resident not affiliated with an organization is interested, please contact MEI as well.

TruEdit is our cloud-based content platform for individuals and groups to collaborate and publish their stories, images and illustrations on the web or in print to a nation and world that will need to remain informed. We believe that sharing these stories and experiences will help continue to shine a light on the long-term needs of the impacted communities. TruEdit will support the collective voice of these communities and will be used to inform relief organizations that will continue to work in these communities for as long as they are needed.

Whether an organization is requesting its members to blog about the hurricane on a website, a photographer posting an image as part of a collective series on the web or in print, an author that will write about the rebuilding experience, or other stories that need to shared, TruEdit is available as a common platform to create and manage the storytelling process.

“A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.” – Yehuda Berg

For more information about this program or to apply please visit the program page. Please contact Mark Wasserman at mwasserman@maned.com with questions.

Upgrading to vjoon K4 Version 7 Offers Approval Process, Automated Template Elements and Storage Engine

Whether you’re installing from scratch or upgrading an older version, there’s never been a better time to make the move to the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform. From everyday end-users to behind-the-scenes administrators, your entire editorial team will see an increase in efficiency and productivity.

Here are just a few of the options available in version 7:

K4 Approval Manager and K4 Web Editor ICML Advanced

The K4 Approval Manager client license is a new option that speeds the review and approval processes in your workflow, with advanced capabilities accessible in a standard web browser.

Once the license key with the desired number of K4 Approval Manager licenses is installed for the K4 system and users have the corresponding access rights configured for them, K4 Web Portal is extended by dedicated menus, commands and panels, and the K4 Approval Manager functions are enabled. K4 Approval Manager allows users to log into the K4 Web Portal (from either their task list in a Query panel or from a URL in an assignment email), and accept approval tasks for articles as well as layouts.

Approval tasks can be incorporated into layout and article workflows, with rewinds built in to automatically set back the workflow to a previous task and assign it to the user/group that is responsible for the necessary corrections. For layout changes, the corrections are always made using K4 Layout in InDesign.

A user can also accept approval tasks for InCopy articles placed in the layout, and indicate approval or rejection for each text object in the article. Additionally, the user can make changes to the text (based on responsibility and permissions) within the K4 Approval Manager preview using K4 Web Editor ICML Advanced. By selecting a text object in the layout and choosing to edit it, a K4 Web Editor ICML Advanced window opens where the text – including tables – can be revised. Clicking away from the editing window to anywhere on the layout automatically updates the layout view to reflect the change to the InCopy text. Alternatively, the user can simply not approve and not modify any text object and rewind the article back in the workflow to the applicable user/group to make the corrections in K4 Edit in InCopy.

Related Post: Approval Management – Time saving new feature in vjoon K4 version 7

vjoon Storage Engine

vjoon K4 7.0 offers a new configuration option that stores your binary content files in a managed file system instead of in the K4 database – with automatic snapshots taken of the data. This reduces database sizes up to 90% or more, eliminates the long backup routines, and provides high data flexibility and availability by creating restorable publication states for speedy data recovery and business continuity.

vjoon Storage Engine (SE) allows you to flexibly determine for each publication where its data is stored, and where its snapshot areas are stored. Storage and snapshot areas can be in a local file system, in a remote file system, or in the cloud. It is recommended that snapshots should be on separate hardware and/or in a separate location. You can use snapshot rules to create snapshots automatically at certain points in time – for example, for daily, weekly and monthly snapshots – and assign them to a configuration and its associated publication. In addition, you can create instant snapshots any time on demand.

There is no downtime or performance degradation as the Storage Engine functions. If there is a need to roll back to a snapshot, data restoration is prioritized by the system, with working files restored first. Using the Storage Engine, there is no need to wait for a database backup to be fully restored before users can resume working with their files.

Related Post: vjoon K4 Storage Engine and Remote Hosting in the Cloud

K4 Universal Seat

When a K4 Universal Seat license is purchased, it allows a user to connect to one K4 server from any of the available K4 client application licenses – K4 Edit from InCopy, K4 Layout from InDesign, K4 Web Editor ICML, K4 Web Editor ICML Advanced, K4 Approval Manager, K4 Web Editor HTML, or K4 File Manager – depending on the access rights configured for the user. If a Universal Seat connection license is used when logging into the K4 Web Portal, K4 Web Editor ICML Standard/Advanced and K4 Approval Manager automatically include access to K4 File Manager and K4 Web Editor HTML.

K4 Universal Seats can be purchased as additions to expand client functionality in the system, and/or existing K4 client licenses can be upgraded to K4 Universal Seats.

More software and services available with a vjoon K4 version 7 upgrade:

  • K4 Integration with Single Sign On (SSO)
  • K4 Integration with Twixl Publisher
  • MEI Project Planning, Oversight and Administration
  • Upgrade Installation and K4 Admin Training
  • On Premise Storage Engine Installation and Asset Transfer
  • K4 Workflow Reconfiguration and Validation
  • End User Training for K4 Upgrade
  • Rollout Supervision After K4 Upgrade
  • Integrating K4 Publishing System with Amazon Cloud Services
  • AWS Cloud Configuration Consultation
  • Storage Engine Installation, Amazon S3 Integration and Asset Transfer
  • Amazon EC2 Installation/Configuration with S3 Integration and Asset Transfer

Download the vjoon K4 v7 product brochure

Request the vjoon K4 v7 Storage Engine White Paper

Brobel Design Relies on TruEdit to Create 88 Issues of Kids Discover Magazine in Less Than 10 Months

For over 25 years, the Kids Discover team of talented writers, designers, artists, and industry experts has been publishing award-winning educational reading materials for kids, including the print version of Kids Discover Magazine.

In 2016, Kids Discover decided to modernize their magazine archive to create relevant experiences that would increase engagement. Between 1991 and 2014, they had published 175 issues with production time averaging almost four months per 20-page issue. By partnering with Brobel, they hoped to create 88 issues in less than 10 months. It was a huge challenge, as it meant that over 1,000 pages would be in production at all times, with additions and corrections coming from many contributors at once.

Brobel’s Lead Designer and co-owner Ian Brown knew that, in order to deliver high-quality, error-free publications, his team would need an exceptionally smooth workflow that allowed for real-time content updates. They would also need a way to monitor progress and manage content and collaboration within a single system that worked with existing creative production tools like Adobe InDesign and InCopy.

He found the solution he was looking for in MEI’s TruEdit. The cloud-based solution could support concurrent web, mobile, and print content production from any web browser. It could integrate with InDesign, InCopy, and Microsoft Word, and it supported real-time updates, version control, and project management tools.

“We were excited to help Kids Discover take advantage of existing content, re-envision it, and make it accessible in print, mobile, web, and different languages to help kids learn,” says Brown. “But the aggressive 10-month timeline required us to work with a large geographically dispersed team that would have to track multiple issues and versions at once. And it would be prone to error when transferring so many large files. That’s when we knew we needed TruEdit to help centrally manage each project and keep content flowing.”

 

vjoon K4 Storage Engine and Remote Hosting in the Cloud

With the K4 Publishing System version 7, vjoon offers a new configuration option—vjoon Storage Engine— that stores binary content files in a managed file system instead of in a K4 database, with automatic snapshots taken of the data. Use of the Storage Engine can significantly reduce database sizes, eliminate long backup routines, and provide high data flexibility and availability by creating restorable publication states for quick data recovery and business continuity.

vjoon Storage Engine (SE) allows storage and snapshot locations to be determined for each publication. Storage and snapshot areas can be in a local file system or in the cloud. Snapshot rules can be set to create snapshots automatically at designated points in time—for example, daily, weekly and monthly snapshots —and assign them to a configuration and its associated publication. In addition, instant snapshots can be created at any time on demand.

With these options, K4 systems can now be partially or fully virtualized on Amazon Cloud servers, potentially reducing server hardware and maintenance costs.

There is no downtime or performance degradation as the Storage Engine functions. Using the Storage Engine, there is no need to wait for a database backup to be fully restored before users can resume working with their files. If there is a need to roll back to a snapshot, data restoration is prioritized by the system, with working files restored first.

vjoon Storage Engine is available as two modules:

  • vjoon Storage Engine (SE): The base module for defining storage and snapshot areas.
  • vjoon SE Integration with Amazon S3: An extension for adding cloud support for storage and/or snapshot areas.

K4 7’s integration with Amazon EC2 and S3 cloud, the vjoon Storage Engine, offers expanded configuration options with respect to deployment of the K4 system applications (including Adobe InDesign Server), the SQL databases and the storage and snapshot areas.

  1. K4 system applications and database(s) remain installed on local servers. Storage and snapshot areas are deployed locally using the vjoon Storage Engine.
  2. K4 system applications and database(s) remain installed on local servers. Storage and snapshot areas are deployed on Amazon S3 using vjoon Storage Engine.
  3. K4 system applications and database(s) are deployed on Amazon EC2. Storage Engine snapshot and storage area are deployed on Amazon S3.

To ensure full understanding of each available option and the optimum use and full functionality of the Storage Engine and integrations with Amazon Cloud Services, planning must occur that considers each configuration option with respect to goals, resources and costs. Further, implementation must optimize use of each component of the system to provide maximum benefit.

To get more information and see MEI’s considerations for a Storage Engine installation, download MEI’s White Paper on the vjoon Storage Engine.