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Hyperic managing Alfresco...the power of open source

Hyperic's announcement that it has added management capabilities to Hyperic HQ is important news on a number of different levels, but mostly because it shows just how powerful the open source development process can be.

Yes, this is a bit self-serving, but I was excited when Hyperic started offering management for Zimbra servers, and am doubly so to see them extend this to Alfresco, too.

From the release:

Released today, administrators of the Alfresco Enterprise Content Management System now have access to a fully supported, enterprise-ready systems management solution with Hyperic HQ for Alfresco. The new Hyperic HQ plugin instantly enables HQ and Alfresco administrators to take full advantage of Hyperic's powerful management capabilities, including auto-discovery, monitoring, complex alerting and remediation. With today's release of the Hyperic HQ for Alfresco plugin, Hyperic HQ becomes the only monitoring system to natively support Alfresco deployments on every platform and architecture.

You can get the plugin here.

I think this is cool on a number of different levels, but the primary one is that it clearly demonstrates the power of open source. Why? Because while we are the beneficiaries of this work by Hyperic, they did it by themselves. Open source = open partnerships. Hyperic didn't need to wait for Alfresco to move - Hyperic was able to get started immediately because it has 100% of the Alfresco code.

That's power.

It's also cool because, as with Zimbra, it shows that open source applications are rolling forward. If this were one or two servers to be managed, it wouldn't be a big deal. But when the market starts calling for server management, it means there are many servers in production.

It's a great time to be in open source.

Disclosure: I work for Alfresco.