Alfresco is now available in the cloud. On Thursday, the company behind the open-source document management and collaboration platform announced that its software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud version, which had been available in beta, will now be generally available.
Users can sign up for the cloud service with a corporate email address, and receive 10GB of free storage. The company said that more than 15,000 companies, from over 160 countries, had signed up to participate in the beta.
‘Enterprise-Ready Cloud Solution’
David Gildeh, Alfresco’s Director of Cloud Services, said in a statement that the cloud-based Alfresco is “much more than simple file sharing.” He added that it is “the same platform that thousands of enterprises around the world already use for scalable, transactional document management and collaboration.”
Gildeh said that a “secure, enterprise-ready cloud solution” that meets IT departments’ concerns and is easy-to-use has not, until Alfresco, been available. CEO John Powell noted that Alfresco “is the only platform where users can start using it in the cloud or IT departments can deploy it fully behind the firewall,” or it can be deployed as a hybrid.
Functionalities of the SaaS version of Alfresco include the ability to use mobile devices to access content without having to do so through a virtual private network. The company also said that the cloud version can be used as a file sharing and collaboration application, replacing USB drives for sharing, or it can be used in a hybrid fashion with the on-premises version of Alfresco Enterprise.
The general availability cloud version includes several new features, including 256bit AES encryption for stored content, and support for WebDAV to enable desktop synchronization a la Dropbox, using third-party clients like GoodSync. In addition, WebDAV allows a user to edit and save content files under such apps as Apple’s iWork on a variety of devices, directly into Alfresco.
There’s also a new ability to share files from the Alfresco Document Library via a public URL, and the service allows common tasks, such as conversion to PDFs, to be automated via a workflow engine.
Started in 2005 and headquartered in London, the company said that its Alfresco Enterprise, Cloud, Mobile and Community versions are used by 7 million people in more than 180 countries to manage over 3 billion files.