Alfresco updates ECM suite
Alfresco has announced version 3.1 of the Enterprise version of its open source content management software. Features that are included in the enterprise version, over and above the open source Alfresco Labs 3 final release, include easy management of server clusters for high availability and JMX based systems monitoring of database connections and memory usage. Command line deployment and provisions tools are also included to allow easier automation of larger Enterprise installations.
Alfresco Share, positioned as filling the gap between document management and groupware, has had extensions added to improve the online viewing of documents and to provide easier online editing and new themes and skins. The new enterprise version also sees improvements in the implementation of the SharePoint protocol and extended CMIS support in line with the draft OASIS CMS 0.51 standard.
Alfresco also announced Alfresco Network, a new support service designed to reduce the time taken for support to resolve issues. As well as the traditional knowledge base and personalised support with a ticket management system, Alfresco are incorporating various diagnostic features for databases and application servers. This functionality will be used in the future as part of an automation network to alert customers and provide proactive support. The service will be available to all enterprise users and is currently in testing with a launch in the coming months. Alfresco Enterprise 3.1 is available immediately, and users who with to try the Enterprise version can get a 30 day trial version.
The release of Alfresco Enterprise 3.1 comes the day after Alfresco announced they had seen a 103 per cent growth in revenue, year over year, in 2008. The company also noted they had added 270 enterprise customers, doubled community membership to 90,000 and passed 1.5 million software downloads.