Openbravo Store Server offers retailers greater flexibility in the cloud
As 2017 is now well underway it is time to talk about some great new architectural features we are delivering within the Openbravo Commerce Suite: the Openbravo Store Server component. We actually started delivering parts of this in 2016 and now it is time to tell you more about it!
Openbravo Store Server is especially aimed at mid-sized and larger retail organizations that need to implement a flexible cloud solution, one that allows them to deploy Openbravo centrally where practicable and/or locally in the store if needed.
The Openbravo Commerce Cloud solution offers retailers many benefits such as easier external integration, lower cost of ownership, and greater security.
However, there are situations where central deployment is not possible or desirable, in which case local store server deployment can be a solution. This is particularly the case for environments with intermittent and variable network connectivity and bandwidth, or where the system has to handle high transactional and master data volumes.
The Openbravo Store Server has two main purposes. It provides:
- Uninterrupted POS functionality with full off-line operations and transparent synchronizations:
- High availability and high performance during peak transaction events such as Black Friday.
A Store Server installed locally in the store offers several benefits:
- It supports high master data volumes in combination with offline situations;
- For stores with intermittent or reduced-bandwidth internet connections, it guarantees performance and rosilience;
- Load balancing for locations with many (a hundred or more) terminals in a store.
The current solution supports the following architecture:
- A central server instance
- One or more store server instances
The Openbravo Store Server solution is flexible in that you can choose to install it in specific stores, while hosting other stores directly from the central server.
It incorporates additional features designed to further boost robustness.
For example, Openbravo Store Server now supports very large master data volumes through a new concept called remote data sources. In addition, a fail-over service layer allows the Openbravo WebPOS client to operate with multiple servers, automatically and transparently switching over from one server to another if a server is not available.
With Openbravo Store Server, Openbravo is moving towards a much more distributed architecture supported by a micro-services approach.
In summary, Openbravo Store Server offers big benefits, especially for our larger retail customers and it demonstrates once again how Openbravo is always at the forefront on innovation.
On the 28th of March, Openbravo will offer a webinar Smart Move for Retail CIOs: Go Cloud with Openbravo for Greater Flexibility (English session; register here for the Spanish session). The webinar explains how you can use Openbravo Commerce Cloud and Openbravo Store Server together to implement a gradual and flexible cloud strategy. Don’t miss it!