Cascade Server

Is Cascade Server right for managing my website(s)?
How much does Cascade Server cost?
My department website has many large files. How can database costs be minimized?
How will support be provided?
Will I be required to use a university standard site template?
Why did Texas A&M IT choose Cascade Server?

Is Cascade Server right for managing my website(s)?

Cascade Server is especially helpful if you have the following needs:
  • Do you manage multiple sites? Sites can share templates and content, so changes can be easily propagated across multiple sites. Links to pages within the system are automatically updated. A drop-down list of sites you own allow users to easily move between sites.
  • Does your site(s) require frequent updates? Cascade Server empowers non-technical users to update website content without having to rely on webmasters to edit web pages.
  • Does your college/unit want to centralize content review and editing for better message and image consistency? Cascade Server's customizable workflows and permissions help ensure only approved content is published.

How much does Cascade Server cost?

See the Cost tab. Note that the annual subscription fee is charged per subscriber group, which is a department, college, division or other entity. A subscriber group can add unlimited sites or users to the system. Database costs are charged in addition to the annual subscription fee.

My department website has many large files. How can database costs be minimized?

  • You do not need to store all of your website files within Cascade Server. Videos, images, PowerPoint presentations and other large files can be stored on your own web server or hosted elsewhere (MediaMatrix, iTunes U, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).
  • Texas A&M IT offers a database subscription rate for storing large amounts of data. The subscription rate lowers the per-MB cost and caps the total annual cost. Contact cascade@tamu.edu about the subscription rate option. Note: Although a single website's data storage needs may not qualify for a subscription rate, the combined storage requirements of all websites for a college, division or department may be eligible.

How will support be provided?

  • Texas A&M IT provides central system administration.
  • The license for Cascade Server includes system support, which is handled through designated campus personnel authorized to contact Hannon Hill.
  • The license does not include direct technical support for individuals.
    • Technical users should visit the Cascade Server Support site, which includes the Knowledge Base and Public Discussions. Videos of onsite technical training are available (requires login with NetID and password). Technical users are encouraged to join the Texas A&M Cascade Server Developer listserv (TAMU-CASCADE-DEV).
    • Non-technical users should view training and support information on the Business User Introduction page on the Hannon Hill website.

Will I be required to use a university standard site template?

No, you will not be required to use a university-provided template. The system allows site owners to manage their own sites, including creating their own templates.

Why did Texas A&M IT choose Cascade Server?

Texas A&M IT convened a committee tasked with evaluating and choosing a web content management system. After reviewing three finalists, the committee recommended Cascade Server, because this system was the most capable of supporting web content management on an enterprise-wide level. Also, Cascade Server has been deployed at other Texas A&M System institutions, including the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University-Texarkana.