silverstripe open source web cmsSilverStripe (news, link) has expanded -- via a new partner program -- from its corporate headquarters in Wellington, New Zealand, into partnerships that take them into eight locations throughout the US, Europe and Australia.

Their new partner network allows business to get local (or at least more local) professional SilverStripe support and services, and will raise the general awareness of this up and coming open source content management system.

Perhaps most well known for powering the US Democratic Party's National Convention website, streaming live speeches by Barak Obama and serving 3.2 billion pageviews over 96 hours, SilverStripe was also the winner of the 2008 Packtpub Open Source CMS awards in the Most Promising CMS category. SilverStripe also recently became only the second vendor that is an official Mollom partner.

CEO Brian Calhoun says of this announcement, "This is the most exciting and ambitious expansion plan in the company's history. Two years ago we opened up our licensing from a proprietary to an open source model. That has gone significantly better than we anticipated ... The Partner Program comes strictly out of demand; we had people knocking on our doors telling us that they wanted to be our international partners."

Visit the SilverStripe Partners page for the location of the SilverStripe partner closest to you. And stay tuned to CMSWire today, as SilverStripe is competing in the CMS Idol competition this afternoon at the J Boye Conference in Philadelphia. We'll aim to bring you the results in a timely fashion.