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Server Architecture

Userful Server Deployment Options

Userful offers a variety of server deployment options to ensure customers have all the flexibility they need when deploying Userful’s Visual Networking Platform.
Server Types

Userful Server On-Premise or in the Cloud

Both cloud and on-premise deployment options offer access to Userful Manager so that regardless of which server deployment option you choose, you can manage the complete Visual Networking Platform, all its servers, content, and displays from a single management interface.

  • A hybrid deployment, which mixes both on-premise servers and cloud servers, is easily managed using a single interface.
  • Customers can either deploy their Userful server on-premise or in the cloud.

On-Premise Server

A dedicated private server, operates online with management through the cloud, or operates offline managed within the LAN.

Cloud Server

Deploy a Userful on a Hosted Cloud Service, either a Public Cloud hosted by AWS or on a dedicated public cloud account.

Data Center

Hardware options that scale to meet your needs to stream any content source to displays across the Wide Area Network (WAN).

Hybrid Deployment

Mix multiple server types across a single organization and manage the entire deployment through a single toolset.

How It Works

Server Options For Userful’s Visual Networking Platform

Sources Media
Userful supports "any and many" simultaneous sources including video, HDMI or SD capture, desktop apps, multiple browser sessions, local desktops over the network, RDP, RTSP etc.

Administrator
Access levels can be customized using Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

On-premise Server Hardware
An on-premise server can support up to 100+ screens on a single video wall or deployment using a single commercially available, off the shelf Server that is a make and model certified by Userful. Add an optional second Server for automated failover.

Network Switch Ethernet Switch
On-premise server connects to the displays over the Local Area Network, which (if needed) can be an isolated network.

Use Smart Displays or an Adapter
Supported Smart Displays can connect directly to the Userful server with no additional hardware required, just the Userful uClient App which installs directly onto the displays. Alternatively any display can be used by adding an adapter such as a zero client receiver (a stateless device with no moving parts, no software or processor that outputs pixels to the displays via HDMI).

Sources Media
In a cloud deployment Userful supports a variety of sources including video of unlimited resolution as well as local HDMI sources that are HDCP restricted.

Administrator
With a cloud deployment, all administration is done through the cloud and an administrator can centrally manage and control deployments anywhere in the world.

Cloud Server Hardware
The Userful server is hosted in the cloud, however content is downloaded and cached onto displays ensuring continuous play even in the event of an internet outage.

Use Smart Displays or an Adapter
Supported Smart Displays can connect directly to the cloud server with no additional hardware required, just the Userful uClient App which installs directly onto the displays. Alternatively any display can be used by adding an Android based adapter.

Video Walls and Digital Signs
Cloud-based deployments can support video walls of unlimited size, there are no restrictions on the number of displays that can be added.

Sources Media
Userful supports "any and many" simultaneous sources including video, HDMI or SD capture, desktop apps, multiple browser sessions, local desktops over the network, RDP, RTSP etc.

Administrator
Access levels can be customized using Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

Server Hardware
Stream content sources from a commercially available, off-the-shelf server, that is a make and model certified by Userful, to displays across the Wide Area Network (WAN).

Use Smart Displays or an Adapter
Supported Smart Displays can connect directly to the Userful data center server with no additional hardware required, just the Userful uClient App which installs directly onto the displays. Alternatively any display can be used by adding an adapter.

Sources Media
A hybrid deployment supports "any and many" simultaneous delivered through one of the server options.

Administrator
With a hybrid deployment administrators have one toolset to manage their entire deployment using a mix of server types--cloud, on-premise and data center. That toolset can be accessed remotely to manage all servers at once by logging into userful.com. All on-premise servers can also be managed and controlled locally.

Server Hardware
A hybrid deployment combines a variety of servers into a single deployment giving administrators maximum flexibility while managing the all displays and applications centrally.

Use Smart Displays or an Adapter
Supported Smart Displays can connect directly to the Userful data center server with no additional hardware required, just the Userful uClient App which installs directly onto the displays. Alternatively any display can be used by adding an adapter.

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