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.

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On-premise & Cloud Servers

Userful Server On-Premise or in the Cloud

Customers can either deploy their 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.

This ensures that a hybrid deployment, which mixes both on-premise servers and cloud servers, is easily managed using a single interface.

Compatible server variants:

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 Coming soon

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).

Remote  Administrators can access any Userful server through the cloud and easily manage multi-site deployments.

Local  For offline deployments, administrators can manage deployments locally within the LAN.

  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 PC/Server that is a make and model certified by Userful. Add an optional second PC/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).

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Deployment display options
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  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 is no restrictions on the number of displays that can be added.

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Deployment display options
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  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).

Remote  Administrators can access any Userful server through the cloud and easily manage multi-site deployments.

Local  For offline deployments, administrators can manage deployments locally within the LAN.

  Server Hardware  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.

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Deployment display options
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  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  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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Sources

Sources available with an on-premise servers versus with a cloud server

Sources available to deployments using an
on-premise server are virtually unlimited and include:

RDP RTP RTSP Web Browser VNC HTML5 Video Network streamed sources Integrated CMSs data from AI and IOT HDMI and SDI capture and more

Sources available to deployments using an
cloud server include:

HDMI Capture (HDCP Compliant) Network Streamer Video of unlimited resolution Light use of Web Browser

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