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).
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.