Alfresco Offers Early Availability for Its AWS Deployment

Alfresco also released a new DevOps toolkit to help simplify cloud deployment for users managing their own AWS infrastructure.

Content management and business process management software provider Alfresco Software is now in the process of making its products available via the Amazon cloud.

The San Mateo, Calif.-based company on Nov. 21 turned on early-access availability of its Alfresco platform as a single-tenant managed service hosted in the AWS Virtual Private Cloud. (Early-access availability is by application only; see below.)

Alfresco also released a new DevOps toolkit to help simplify cloud deployment for users managing their own AWS infrastructure.

The Alfresco managed offering advances the flow of digital business by providing a content-centric platform that enables users to collaborate on business-critical content--all with the network isolation and security of a dedicated AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), and without the dedicated internal resources for ongoing Alfresco and AWS management.

The Alfresco platform on AWS makes high-throughput processes, such as processing millions of invoices and managing highly confidential contracts, more efficient in the cloud.

In one current use case, the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater Chicago uses Alfresco on AWS to provide services to 176,000 people in Chicago. With Alfresco's platform, the UCP and its affiliates are delivering more than 11,000 digital documents to children, such as K-12 textbooks, interactive online exams, medical resources, videos and counseling information.

Key business benefits of Alfresco's managed service include:

--Smart content management: Alfresco on AWS makes it simpler for users to collaborate on content, track changes, review and approve content and to include external partners.

--Easy to configure and extend: Users can tailor Alfresco to meet specific business data model, rules, workflows and interfaces. They also can extend Alfresco into other systems with its RESTful APIs.

--Hands free management and maintenance: Users can focus on business and let Alfresco focus on delivering and experience that is up to date, secure and uses native AWS services.

For those who prefer to design, deploy and maintain their own systems, Alfresco and AWS have collaborated to publish the Alfresco QuickStart, a collection of Reference Architectures, CloudFormation templates, documentation and tools incorporating years of Alfresco expertise, tuning and best practices of running Alfresco on AWS.

Whether managed by Alfresco or directly deployed by the customer, Alfresco's advanced open source core platform offers open APIs and support for open standards designed to make it easy to extend, customize and integrate existing applications and processes in AWS, the company said.

Alfresco's ECM platform, Alfresco One, can handle more than 1.2 billion documents on a full cloud-centric technology stack, based on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and the Amazon Aurora relational database engine, the company claimed.

To determine your eligibility for the early-access program of the Alfresco platform as a single-tenant managed service hosted in an AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), contact Darren Yetzer at Alfresco.

Chris Preimesberger

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