Feeds

Alfresco ECM gilds IBM's Lotus suite

Enterprise 3.2 supports cloud deployment

High performance access to file storage

Open source vendor Alfresco Software is rolling its enterprise content management (ECM) system into IBM's Lotus collaboration products to serve as a stronger counterpoint to Microsoft Sharepoint and reach smaller-sized business customers.

The company is also teaming with RightScale's software-as-a-service cloud management platform to offer a cloud deployment option for the newest version of Alfresco Enterprise Edition.

When IBM's Lotusphere conference kicks off next week in Orlando, Florida, Big Blue will show off a technical preview of Alfresco Content Services for Lotus social collaboration wares. The showing is an integration between Alfresco ECM and IBM Lotus Quickr, Lotus Notes, Lotus Connections, and WebSphere Portal.

"What it allows you to do is provide the ECM capabilities for the Lotus suite," Alfresco CTO and co-founder John Newton told The Reg. "It allows users to be able to manage content inside of Lotus, whether it's emails or documents that are being collaborated on inside of Quicker, and be able to turn them into records, archive them, manage them, or just have an enterprise content vault to be able to search and access the information."

Newton said that because Alfresco is such a lightweight platform, it can usually be installed on the same machine as the Lotus system without additional hardware.

He said the collaboration is a big opportunity for Alfresco to reach smaller-sized businesses using Lotus. It's an opportunity for IBM as well to have a set of capabilities where Filenet might be too large or complex for a customer, Newton said.

"Also, I think the combination of Lotus and Alfresco provides a real SharePoint killer as well," he added. "With the combination of the two, there's nothing that Sharepoint can do that we can't."

The company also claims that the integration brings features to Lotus that aren't available through Sharepoint, including 5015.2-certified records-management capabilities and content services for Lotus collaboration in the cloud.

A preview beta of Alfresco Content Services for Lotus will be available in February, with an official launch planned in Spring, according to Newton.

In addition, Alfresco announced the availability of Alfresco Enterprise Edition 3.2 that will allow for cloud-based deployments using RightScale's SaaS platform.

"We don't want to get into the hosting business, but wanted to provide tools for people who wanted to use those solutions," Newton said.

He explained that Alfresco's focus is efficiency in cloud computing by making the ECM system natively support multi-tenancy - where a single instance of software runs on a server that serves multiple clients in order to minimize hardware use and simplify administration.

Alfesco Enterprise Edition 3.2 is available now for existing Enterprise subscribers. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
Microsoft: Windows version you probably haven't upgraded to yet is ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of Windows 8.1 will no longer support patches
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.