Bitrix has announced the release of Bitrix Site Manager Version 11.0. As of this version, Site Manager is no longer only a platform for the creation of sites, but also for development of Cloud-based web services. Among the most notable product enhancements are: Bitrix Cloud Storage with support of Google Storage, Amazon S3, Windows Azure Storage, OpenStack and others; Geo-distributed Web Cluster for smarter and more secure web traffic distribution, and Project Quality Control tools.
The move to Cloud-based services is undoubtedly a major trend in technology, and support of the system mentioned above, as well as CDN (Content Distribution Network), is critical to Bitrix Site Manager . Bitrix Cloud Storage accelerates uploading of files, which is especially important for multimedia and size-hungry content types. Beyond this, the site owner saves significantly, as Cloud storages are cheaper than space provided by standard hosting.
Managing file distribution rules in Bitrix Cloud Storage
“The average CMS is not a viable method for working in the Cloud. We made modifications throughout our product to make this version a ‘Cloud platform' for web development which meets the requirements of major Cloud infrastructures. We support the open standard of OpenStack Swift API and encourage hosting companies to develop their own Cloud solutions.” – said Sergey Rizhikov, CEO, Bitrix, Inc.
Project Quality Control
For the majority of developers and clients, a key question in project development is control of the quality of the implementation. Version 11.0 is equipped with a Project Quality Control tool which offers a set of mandatory and supplementary tests that ensure optimal quality of integration of the design, the program's external environment, security, performance, and hosting settings within the system.
Quality Control test categories
The new Geo-distributed Web Cluster module increases project availability and provides independence from a given data center. By enabling installation of the cluster in data centers located in different cities or even countries, the likelihood of a power outage or natural disaster interrupting service approaches zero. If one data center goes down, a replicated server in a different location compensates, with no need to restore a backup. Site performance is also improved by distribution of workload among data centers.
Among other remarkable changes made in the product the following are worth mentioning:
Current Bitrix Site Manager owners with active subscription for technical support can upgrade to Version 11.0 at no charge using the SiteUpdate feature in the product. The new version is available for download as a free 30-day trial version (www.bitrixsoft.com/download/cms.php), or can be tested online using the instant 3-hour demo (https://bitrixsoft.com/products/cms/demo.php).