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Day Software recently announced the availability of a new range of services that will support Apache Jackrabbit. Since its launch nearly two years 2005, Apache Jackrabbit has been popular in the open source industry. With Day's service and support for Jackrabbit, development and deployment of applications will be accelerated and users can realize the full and utilize the full potential of the JCR technology. The company has introduced new offerings around training, support, consulting and development. According to the Apache Foundation, Jackrabbit is a fully conforming implementation of the Content Repository for Java Technology API (JCR). For those unfamiliar with the concept, a content repository is a hierarchical content store with support for structured and unstructured content, full text search, versioning, transactions, observation, and more. More and more often these days the trend is toward decoupling content repository services from the core of a content management of document management solution. The JCR standards are certainly central to this movement, as is the evolution of what has been labeled "Basic Content Services." "Apache Jackrabbit is an attractive option for companies who want to move away from expensive, proprietary legacy repositories and are looking for a [...] standards-based alternative," said David NĂ¼scheler, CTO of Day Software and SpecLead of the JSR170 expert group. "The Apache Software Foundation is the industry's most trusted provider of reliable open source technology. So far however the lack of enterprise-class support and services prevented companies from making full use of Apache Jackrabbit. We are now filling this gap." Day's Global Service and Support Group (GSSG) assists Partners and Customers with solution development and implementation. They have added the new core services to help customers better understand and better operate repository services based on Jackrabbit. "Enterprise-level demand for robust services and support around Apache open source solutions is greater than ever before," says Piotr Zabiello, SVP Global Services of Day Software. "We are pleased to offer commercial support and services for Apache Jackrabbit, providing customers with an open source alternative to proprietary legacy repositories." Of particular interest are two new courses offered by Day's services group: * JCR Concepts - A one-day training course designed to teach the fundamentals of the JCR standard. This course is ideal for people that are interested in getting hands on experience working with a JCR-compliant repository. * JCR Developer - A four-day course that examines the JCR standard in detail, and is designed to enable the developer to model and implement an application that uses a JCR-compliant repository. Additional details on Day's offerings can be found at their website. Apache Foundation hosts the Jackrabbit project. And Sun's the go to spot for digging into JSR-170 and the newer JSR-283 specifications.