Synchronize Alfresco – Scale your Content Management
AlfStream, the latest Alfresco Add-On released by Parashift, is an efficient and cost effective solution for Alfresco replication needs, that can easily scale and synchronize Alfresco from one instance to many. Suitable for all Alfresco versions.
The need to Synchronize Alfresco.
A situation we see frequently, in our dealings with our clients, is that as an organisation grows, new problems arise, often related to the need to actively include remote sites in their operations, and to protect the investment in their content management system. Adopting a strategy to synchronize Alfresco to one or more instances, kept in sync, is a very cost effective approach that has the functionality to handle: Geographical Processing, Disaster Recovery and Scaling.
Why Synchronize Alfresco?
The challenge of managing content in real-time is difficult by itself. Throw replicating this to differing locations into the mix, and the challenge becomes increasingly complex and expensive.
Distributed computing is generally the purvey of the large end of town, but that doesn’t mean that smaller operations shouldn’t benefit from it as well.
All enterprises were once small businesses, and at some stage on their growth curve, they would have faced the need to address either one or all three of the following challenges:
- The tyranny of distance – businesses with offices in different countries can often suffer from performance issues relating to latency.
- The need to grow and expand the business – by spreading additional users across multiple ECM instances, organisations are able to effectively reduce the load on the one instance.
- The need for a disaster recovery plan – ensuring that content is backed-up regularly is crucial as it enables organisations to keep operating in the event of a massive system failure.
The power of distributed computing is already well documented so we are not going to add to the large pile with this blog, but rather introduce to you a viable, alternative method.
Introducing AlfStream – a purpose built Alfresco Add-On that lets you synchronize Alfresco to one or more instances, efficiently and cost effectively.
Why use AlfStream?
Parashift’s AlfStream, powered by Apache Camel, uses the integration technology of ‘Event Stream Processing’, where one Alfresco system subscribes to the events of another, and replicates the steps on itself. Typically, an event for Alfresco replication would be the creation, the update or the removal of content, but it can also mirror all aspects of the platform from one instance to the other.
How does AlfStream synchronize Alfresco?
When an event occurs in one Alfresco instance, AlfStream generates a message to the system queue and updates the other Alfresco system. This means that both systems will be ‘eventually consistent’.
This approach is useful when the replication is not required to be in lock-step, and 5 seconds or so behind is suitable.The application AlfStream does not stop with the synchronization between just two Alfresco instances: you can replicate multiple instances, and even extend the replication from Alfresco to an external system, such as SharePoint or a shared drive.
The benefits of AlfStream
The applications of AlfStream are limited only by imagination – the approach of event stream processing takes the pain and the expense out of connecting Alfresco to other instances of itself, as well as the external world, and adds flexibility and ease to an already extensible platform, providing a host of benefits to the end users, such as:
• Peace of mind with a fully functional disaster recovery solution
• Rapid deployment through a purpose built architecture to support the replication of Alfresco content, sites, folders and metadata
• Access to ongoing support, through Alfresco certified engineers and administrators.
AlfStream & Disaster Recovery – Check out our latest Blog
Regardless of your organisation’s size, Disaster Recovery and the implementation of an effective Disaster Recovery Plan is a critical area that must be addressed. The potential loss associated with an unexpected outage (be it in sales, delivery, contacts, IP) can be immeasurable and totally avoided with a simple and cost effective solution such as AlfStream.
In our Blog post titled: A Disaster Recovery Plan that’s quick and affordable, we take a very real look at disaster recovery and the need for a business continuity plan and show you how a simple Alfresco Add-On like AlfStream can address your disaster recovery needs quickly and affordably.
Find out more about AlfStream
Available to all Alfresco users, AlfStream is the new purpose-built Alfresco Add-on, developed by Parashift as the latest extension to their Para Modules Shop, each designed to enhance the Alfresco system.
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