Microsoft SharePoint add-ons offer tantalizing system tweaks

SharePoint 2010 might be on the way, but 2007 still offers lots of tools

RepliWeb (Life-cycle management)

RepliWeb's Operational Synchronization for SharePoint (ROSS) manages deployments to development, test and production SharePoint environments. It also supports multi-farm replication for corporate SharePoint deployments.

RepliWeb concentrates its efforts around the development of SharePoint-based Web sites, portals and applications, which is where increasingly more corporate SharePoint deployments have their focus.

"This is well-known life-cycle management," says Ted Orme, director of European operations for RepliWeb. "The key is being able to keep these environments separate but also being able to move assets between them."

RepliWeb's focus is around environments with a large number of sites, collections and large amounts of content spread among development, test and production sites.

One of the most important features of ROSS is Roll Back, which lets users return to their original configuration after making an update. Governance is another key that provides controls on who can do what on the system and who is allowed to update different sites or applications. The defining feature is delegation to users via a Web interface.

The other important feature is that users can take content and code that is in deployment and move it back into the development realm.

For 2010, Microsoft is pushing SharePoint as a development platform and Orme says that change suits RepliWeb. He says  the company is very optimistic about the 2010 platform, but did not provide specific details on RepliWeb's future products.

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