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Alfresco Reaches Benchmarking Milestone – 1 Billion Documents with Amazon Aurora

  • By Allie Philpin 
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Alfresco Software, a leading provider of ECM and Business Process Management software, has just announced that the latest version of their Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform has reached a significant milestone in cloud-based content management – it’s passed the 1 billion document mark on a full cloud-centric technology stack-based on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Aurora.

Amazon Aurora was recently certified by Alfresco and allows Alfresco One Enterprise users to benefit from the scale, cost structure and services of Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).  With Amazon Aurora, the Alfresco One platform is able to store, manage and retrieve billions of documents and related information quickly and with linear scalability.  New techniques including indexing, modelling and processing, used with the Amazon Aurora database means that Alfresco is now able to support cloud-based workloads that were previously not possible for high-throughput banking, insurance and case-based applications.

Reaching the 1 billion document benchmark validates Amazon Aurora’s flexibility and scalability on use cases in AWS, demonstrating the ability to leverage AWS and Amazon Aurora for scalable deployments of content-centric solutions based on Alfresco to address business requirements of digital enterprise.  It also enables a more agile, cost-effective deployment model in comparison to traditional on-premise deployments.

Alfresco One has ingested over 1,000 documents per second, quickly reaching this specific benchmark of 1 billion documents, backed by a 3.2 terabyte database in Amazon Aurora.  Running on Amazon EC2, Alfresco One achieved this mark with linear ingestion scalability, an important success factor in large migration and consolidation projects, and the repository also showed virtually no performance degradation in content and metadata operations.

John Newton, CTO and co-founder of Alfresco, said: “This benchmark demonstrates why Alfresco is a content management platform of choice for global enterprise deployments due to its ability to scale, both horizontally and vertically, and seamlessly leverage native features of cloud and hybrid environments because of its open and modern architecture.”  Newton added: “The next version of Alfresco takes this up a notch with new scalability features designed to support cloud deployment of large-scale use cases, like extended enterprise collaboration and headless content platforms.”

Alfresco One 5.1, previewing at AWS re:Invent this week, will include a range of new features for large use cases and scalability, such as:

  • Solr search distributed index server to optimise index size and performance characteristics.
  • Improved metadata query performance for high volume transactional processing.
  • Improved integration with modern cloud and DevOps deployment and management technologies to enable seamless cloud deployment.

Anurag Gupta, Vice President, Database Services, Amazon Web Services, Inc., commented: “Amazon Aurora is a relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.”  He added: “We applaud Alfresco’s ability to leverage Amazon Aurora to address business requirements of the modern digital enterprise, and enable more agile and cost-effective content deployments.”

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