Enterprise Content Management specialist, Alfresco Software (news, site) and EnterpriseDB Corporation, are partnering to offer Alfresco Enterprise for use with EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus and EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server.
A New Partnership
Alfresco's open source ECM, in use by the likes of FedEx, Fox and Virgin Mobile, already has a Microsoft SharePoint protocol and CMIS support, for a wider choice of operating system, database, application server and desktop environment.
Now, the company is partnering with EnterpriseDB to offer a mixed-vendor solution to content management and database problems. Joint customers can now run EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server 8.3 with Alfresco Enterprise 3.1. Also, both companies will offer seamless support for customers with active support subscriptions for both products. This will eliminate the support issues that some end-users have with mixed-product installations.
Postgres Plus Advanced Server
Postgres Plus Advanced Server is an open source relational database for transactional and mixed-load applications. Based on PostgreSQL and Standard Server, Postgres Plus includes the performance, scalability and reliability found in leading commercial database products. It is also compatible with Oracle applications, allowing them to run with few or no changes.
Postgre Plus runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS-X and is available under a BSD license. It comes with a range of additional productivity tools including Postgres Studio, DBA Management Server, DBA Monitoring Console, Replication Server, GridSQL Monitoring Console and Migration Studio.
PostgreSQL is an open source, object relational database management system. Around for over 15 years, it runs on all major operating systems and is ACID compliant. You can get a good look at its features here.
Taking Open Source to the Enterprise
With companies like as EnterpriseDB taking PostgreSQL into the commercial realm with advanced features, most notably the Oracle support, this partnership represents a logical progression of open source companies offering mutual support.
For companies looking to save money by moving to open source, the combination of document management and database is compelling, particularly with the high degree of support for proprietary formats.