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Alfresco Makes Leading Java Implementation JLAN Shared File Drive Interface Available via GPL

Alfresco momentum continues with over 50 OEMs, ISVs and VARs

LONDON, October 16, 2007 – Alfresco Software, Inc. today announced that it is now offering its Alfresco JLAN, formerly known as the Alfresco Intelligent File System, under the GNU Public License (GPL), the world’s most popular open source software license.

GPL is the most widely used free software license worldwide; almost three quarters of all free software and open source programs are distributed under this license. Alfresco adopted the GPL licensing for the rest of its open source enterprise content management software earlier this year.

Alfresco JLAN is a unique implementation of an embedded virtual file system that offers the only Java client and server implementation of Microsoft Window’s CIFS (Common Internet File System) protocol, allowing content, system administration information, and rows in a database to appear as a shared drive. The shared drive is the de-facto document management interface for the vast majority of computer users today.

Alfresco JLAN offers the following features and functionality:

  • Only Pure Java client and server implementation - CIFS, NFS and FTP
  • High Performance – Similar to the native file system
  • Enterprise Authentication – NTLM, NTLMSSP, SPNEGO, Kerberos/AD
  • Real-Time Access – No copy to local disk and conflict resolution issues
  • Offline Access - Integration to Microsoft® briefcase

Last spring, Alfresco offered JLAN, which was previously incorporated within the Alfresco Enterprise Content Management Server, as a standalone embeddable option for OEMs. The availability of Alfresco JLAN as an OEM license enables partners to rapidly and at much lower cost add JLAN features and functionality to their products. Alfresco JLAN customers include Avaki EII (owned by Sybase), Caringo, EMC Documentum, and Veritas (owned by Symantec). Example uses include shared drive interfaces to content management systems, databases or content enabling applications such as customer relationship management.

"I am very excited about this Open Source contribution", said Chris Hertel, Samba Team member and co-founder the jCIFS project. "Every Open Source CIFS implementation adds to the community's understanding, and to the utility of the protocol itself."

“Alfresco JLAN has allowed us to expand our OEM momentum with a simple interface and low cost open source solution, which can easily be embedded into various systems,” said John Newton, CTO, Alfresco Software. “Today, more than 50 customers, including some of the largest software companies in the world, have already incorporated Alfresco JLAN into their products.”

Alfresco is the leading open source alternative for Enterprise Content Management and the first embeddable Enterprise Content Management system. It is being used by leading original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and value added resellers (VARs).

Alfresco has been downloaded over 700,000 times, has 25,000 live sites and 300 customers, predominantly from the Global 2000. An embedded version of Alfresco has been available since October 2005.

Alfresco JLAN is available for download from: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=143373&package_id=248550