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Re:Dr. Ian Howells, Chief Marketing Officer, Alfresco Software 6 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 0  
Hi John,

Thank you for the comments and questions.

Open source is a phenomenally disruptive business and marketing model and as I said in the interview, from an open source perspective, is a winners takes all game with "baby gorillas"- Red Hat, MySQL, JBoss, Alfresco, SugarCRM, Firefox ...

This has caused consolidation in the traditional software space as their sales model becomes unprofitable - e.g Vignette to OpenText, Interwoven to Autonomy recently.

The only distribution model that comes close to open source is Microsoft and SharePoint has been a very successful product. SharePoint is substantially more expensive than open source when there are large volumes of seats but the choice is also strongly influenced by - "Do I want to tie my whole stack to Microsoft - Windows, SQL Srever, ,NET, IIS, SharePoint Portal ... or retain control and choice."

The Cloud today is built on open source and runs on opensource - Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Python and also Xen.
Licensing models make the cloud ideal for open source - just look at the list of Amazon AMI's that are mostly open source. We see the cloud as a massive new channel.

I hope this answers your questions

ian
 
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Re:Dr. Ian Howells, Chief Marketing Officer, Alfresco Software 6 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 0  
Dr. Howells,

Does Alfresco offer a fully hosted ASP or cloud offering to organizations that allow us to try the software on your servers? If so what are the pricing options for such a service. If you do not offer do you have a group of expert certified engineers that can help organizations jumpstart their efforts?

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Re:Dr. Ian Howells, Chief Marketing Officer, Alfresco Software 6 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 0  
Hi

We see disruption in the cloud occurring across a number of areas:

1. Simple instant provisioning for development and testing with no machine purchase - CapEx vs. OpEx
2. Simple instant provisioning for users/companies - small and medium businesses
3. Simple instant elasticity for unpredictable workloads - particularly retail and utilities

1. Alfresco has a development offering - http://bit.ly/ceyMZl
2. Alfresco has recently announced an Amazon EC2 offering for early adopters - http://bit.ly/aZ8oK7
3. Alfresco has announced a relationship with RightScale - http://bit.ly/9d8BJD

2. above will provide details on what you discussed.

Thanks for the question. The cloud is an area where I am doing a lot of work.

ian
 
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