Alfresco takes open source content management to the Amazon cloud

The list of vendors throwing support behind Amazon Web Services continues to expand, leaving rivals like Oracle and Microsoft struggling to gain traction

Signaling Amazon Web Services' steady rise toward enterprise acceptance, Alfresco today unveiled three versions of its open source ECM (enterprise content management) platform for AWS, ranging from fully hosted to a hybrid-cloud version.

Alfresco joins the ranks of such companies as CloudStack, F5, Eucalyptus, and SAP that have released offerings and support for the Amazon cloud -- despite high-profile outages AWS has suffered this past year. The more vendors that hop aboard the AWS wagon, the more difficult it will be for AWS rivals like Oracle, Rackspace, and Microsoft to gain traction.

Alfresco's ECM, designed for secure collaboration and file-sharing, will be available in three AWS flavors. Customers can opt for the full SaaS application, which Alfresco described as a delivering "simple, business-class collaboration with mobile access and file sharing."

The second choice is Alfresco Enterprise hosted on AWS, a full version of the ECM available as an AMI (Amazon Machine Image) in the Amazon Marketplace. This private instance of Alfresco Enterprise on AWS -- which companies can use for secure file-sharing -- intends to give users greater control over configuration and customization, the company said. Organizations can integrate it with their existing networks or enterprise systems, the company added.

The third variant is dubbed Alfresco One Hybrid ECM, which lets companies deploy a full, private instance of Alfresco Enterprise on AWS behind the firewall and then sync files or folders to Alfresco in the cloud.

Alfresco also announced it will support Amazon's S3 storage and RDS (Relational Database Service).

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