As many of you know Alfresco introduced its cloud offering almost a year ago. At the time of this writing there are a number of unique ways you can interact with Alfresco Cloud:
- Collaborative SaaS (Software as a Service) application. Teams to quickly spin up collaborative spaces (in Alfresco’s Share application) and begin working together with zero on premise software.
- Members of the cloud can join multiple networks which enables them to work and collaborate across organizational boundaries.
- Custom applications can use Alfresco Cloud as a store. You can interact with cloud through an API (CMIS and Alfresco specific RESTful APIS.)
- And you can sync content between your on-premise instance of Alfresco and the networks with-in cloud that you belong to.
Share in the cloud as a SaaS offering is a pretty obvious play. There is a lot of value in this simple use case for organizations that need good collaboration tools but just don’t have the appetite for or enough user volume to justify hosting their own infrastructure.
When you combine this SaaS offering with the ability to securely and selectively collaborate with other organizations, you are now enabling all kinds of people-oriented B2B interactions that can be extremely difficult when you have a system that is stuck behind a firewall.
Add to that an API to that and now it’s not just people-oriented B2B and internal interactions that can take place, it’s automation and rich behavior. At this point Alfresco in the cloud is no longer an application. It’s a bus.
Now not all content was meant to live outside the firewall and not all systems can or even should live/reach outside the firewall. With Alfresco’s “cloud sync” capability Alfresco Cloud closes this gap by allowing organizations to selectively and securely sync specific content between an on-premise instance and the cloud. This is extremely exciting because it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for B2B integration and mobile enablement.
If you’re thinking about Alfresco Cloud as a simple collaboration application or a simple cloud based content store it’s time to rethink. Alfresco Cloud paired with Alfresco on premise is an extremely exciting hybrid architecture and integration middle-ware that opens up use cases which have traditionally required dedicated business to business infrastructures that were difficult to get approved let alone set up: basically not possible.
On March 14th Rivet Logic will co-host a webinar with Alfresco entitled Using Alfrescos Hybrid Cloud Architecture for Better Web Content Management where we will discuss and demonstrate how hybrid architectures can be applied in a WCM (Web Content Management) context to enable collaboration with external partners like agencies and for integrations with other content services, providers and consumers such as AP, Routers and the like. While WCM use cases will be the focus of the conversation, the topic is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about Alfresco hybrid architectures. See you there!