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Alfresco Announces Beta Program of ECM in the Cloud for Small Businesses on Amazon EC2

Alfresco SMB Edition will deliver ready-to-use cloud-based appliance designed for Amazon EC2, previewing at CeBIT Hall 2, Stand B26

LONDON, UK - March 3, 2010 - Alfresco Software, the leader in open source enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, today announced an early-access Beta program for Alfresco SMB Edition, a turn-key, self-managed, ready-to-use cloud-based appliance designed for Amazon EC2. This new version of Alfresco Software’s popular ECM and social collaboration product is designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).


The Alfresco SMB Edition will offer a pre-configured Alfresco Cloud appliance that combines the Alfresco server, Alfresco Explorer and Alfresco Share into an easily consumable, on-demand offering aimed at SMBs with up to a maximum of 100 users and 200GB of document storage.

These appliances are hosted on Amazon EC2 and made available as paid Amazon Machine Images (AMIs). These images are pre-configured with all the necessary software to allow SMBs to benefit from the productivity gains enabled through Alfresco's content-centric collaboration capabilities. This low-cost service is made available exclusively through Amazon EC2. Alfresco has partnered with JumpBox, who specialize in building software appliances, to develop Alfresco SMB.

This follows a series of cloud announcements from Alfresco building on the Cloud Content Application Developer program, launched in September last year, the Enterprise Cloud trial and the RightScale partnership, both announced in December.

"From the very start, Alfresco has had a vision of providing low-cost, fully-featured ECM to the masses. The advent of cloud-based solutions accelerates that goal while also offering a path for large-scale clustered deployments. SMBs want the simplicity and rapid consumability of a cloud appliance. This solution has been specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses with that in mind," commented John Powell, CEO of Alfresco Software.

About the Alfresco Beta Program

Companies can request early-access into the Beta program by visiting the Alfresco website at http://www.alfresco.com/products/cloud/. Initially the beta will be restricted to US based subscribers with EU access to follow within two weeks. The program includes access to the Alfresco SMB paid AMI, although testers are expected to pay all relevant Amazon EC2 hosting fees. The Beta program will run from March 15 through May 20, 2010.

General availability of Alfresco SMB is expected at the end of the second quarter of 2010.

Alfresco & Amazon Web Services at CeBIT

Alfresco will be exhibiting at CeBIT on March 2 & 3 on the Amazon Web Services stand, Hall 2, Stand B26. Alfresco will be demonstrating deployments of Alfresco Content Management in the Cloud (Amazon EC2).