ParaScale and Alfresco Partner to Deliver Content-as-a-Service in the Cloud
High-Availability Cloud Scale-Out for Content Storage and Access
CUPERTINO, CA and LONDON, UK – June 17, 2009 — ParaScale, Inc., a startup company developing cloud storage solutions, and Alfresco Software, Inc., the leader in open source enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, today announced a cloud-based integrated ECM solution co-locating Alfresco Content Management and ParaScale Cloud Storage software on the same hardware. Unlike traditional ECM architectures, the combined solution enables organizations to store and access content without adding management overhead or cost; offers simple configuration and setup; and ensures high-performance and easy scale-out.
Managing content effectively has become an indispensable part of running an efficient business. Content growth requires a sophisticated ECM solution that can scale users and content volumes simply and at low cost without massive up-front capital expenditure. Legacy applications may run in the cloud but modern Content-as-a-Service approaches consuming services resident in the same cloud are required to inherit the benefits of a Cloud Service Architecture. Only then can users achieve on-demand scalability, fault tolerance, cloud-wide network security and cost efficiency.
“Integrating the Alfresco ECM solution with the ParaScale cloud storage platform significantly improves manageability and performance for ECM users, while lowering costs both by eliminating a layer of servers to run Alfresco as well by allowing the usage of commodity priced storage,” said Sajai Krishnan, CEO, ParaScale. “ParaScale’s storage nodes are standard Linux servers and it took zero effort for Alfresco to bring up their application directly on ParaScale’s storage servers. Alfresco and Vembu are early ParaScale partners in an ecosystem we intend to develop to reduce the total solution costs of storage intensive applications by running qualified applications directly, affordably and scalably on our storage servers.”
“Alfresco’s Content-as-a-Service platform is designed to take full advantage of a Cloud Service Architecture and the ParaScale platform which enables any node in the cloud to serve requests for data,” said John Powell, CEO, Alfresco Software. “This gives enterprises the ability to simply and rapidly setup cloud-based content management by running one instance of Alfresco software per node within the cloud and to scale-out and grow their ECM solution in both performance and capacity.”
The ParaScale cloud also supports policy based replication to ensure high availability for content access. Users can set policies to configure the number of copies of a document that are replicated within the cloud. When a new document is created, the ParaScale software propagates the new version within the cloud to another storage node based on the policy. This makes the Alfresco ECM solution extremely reliable by ensuring users can still access documents from an available copy if parts of the cloud are unavailable.
The integrated ParaScale/Alfresco cloud-based ECM solution is available immediately. Customers can download a free 4 TB cloud from the ParaScale website and integrate the free 30 day Alfresco Enterprise trial software with the cloud. For more information on the complete ECM solution registration at www.parascale.com or visit the Alfresco wiki at http://wiki.alfresco.com/wiki/Parascale.
About ParaScale, Inc.
ParaScale is headquartered in Silicon Valley and is focused on addressing the exploding bulk storage requirements for unstructured data including digital content and archival data. By combining ParaScale software and buyer-selected standard servers, service providers can build different types of public clouds and offer a variety of cloud storage services, while enterprises can start small and build their own internal storage clouds within their own network. For more information visit, www.parascale.com.
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Alfresco is an enterprise open-source software company focused on advancing the flow of digital business. The company provides a better, more effortless way for people to work, making sure they have the information they need, exactly when they need it most. The Alfresco Digital Business Platform is an open, modern, secure platform that intelligently activates process and content to accelerate the flow of business. It provides the fastest path for people to interact with information and for companies to respond to changing business needs. Alfresco helps over 1300 industry-leading organizations build solutions where content finds users, processes dynamically adapt to changing needs enabling global companies to be more responsive and competitive. Alfresco’s customers include Cisco, Bank of NY Mellon, Liberty Mutual, Capital One, US Department of Navy, and NASA. Founded in 2005, Alfresco has U.S. headquarters in San Mateo, California and European headquarters in Maidenhead, UK. For more information on Alfresco, please visit http://www.alfresco.com.