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VA Technical Reference Model v 21.9

Alfresco Community Edition
Alfresco Community Edition Technology

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Description: Alfresco is an enterprise content management system for Microsoft Windows or Unix-like operating systems. This technology is used to manage content and documents either in the cloud or behind a firewall. Alfresco Community Edition is the free Lesser General Public License (LGPL) licensed open source and open standards edition of the Alfresco Enterprise Edition product. Alfresco Community can be configured with Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL) Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and DB2 databases, and includes a content repository, a web portal framework for managing and using standard portal content, an interface that provides file system compatibility on Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems, web content management, and workflow integration.

The content repository is comparable to a database, except that it holds more than data. The binary streams of content are stored in the repository and the associated full-text indexes are maintained by SOLR indexes. The actual binary streams of the content are stored in files managed in the repository, although these files are for internal use only and do not reflect what you might see through the shared drive interfaces. The repository also holds the associations among content items, classifications, and the folder/file structure. The folder/file structure is maintained in the database and is not reflected in the internal file storage structure.

By default, Alfresco Community stores nodes in a relational database management system (RDBMS) while content is stored in the file system. Using a database provides transaction support, scaling, and administration capabilities. Alfresco uses a database abstraction layer for interacting with the database, which isolates the storage engine from variations in Structured Query Language (SQL) dialect. This eases the database porting effort, allowing the certification of Alfresco against all the prominent RDBMS implementations. The file system stores content to allow for very large content, random access, streaming, and options for different storage devices. Updates to content are always translated to append operations in the file system, allowing for transaction consistency between database and file system.

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NOTE: The technology website is available in the VA network with limited functionality. However, links within the website do not work due to VA firewall restrictions.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has been assessed by the Section 508 Office and found non-conformant. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v21.4
Decision Date: 04/23/2021
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Alfresco
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/23/2021).