Open source portal framework gets update

Liferay, provider of the enterprise-class, open source portal framework, released Liferay Portal 4.2. The latest version offers added back-end enhancements to workflow and content management via integration with ServiceMix JBI, jBPM workflow engine, and Alfresco, as well as new features such as chat and other user-interface enhancements that further improve end-user experience and collaboration.

New upgrades in Version 4.2 include integration with the ServiceMix JBI (Java Business Integration) engine, which acts as a single point of connection for disparate enterprise applications. ServiceMix simplifies the integration, upgrade and substitution of siloed applications such as CRM, ERP, and ECM, reducing development time and lowering maintenance costs.

Other new features of Liferay Portal 4.2 include:

· jBPM workflow engine - allows developers to quickly change application workflow to reflect evolving business processes;

· Liferay Chat - a secure, portal-based instant messaging solution with an intuitive AJAX/Web 2.0 interface;

· Alfresco integration - allows users to manage enterprise content directly through the Liferay Portal environment;

· A new parallel portlet rendering engine - reduces end-user wait time by allowing portlets to load independently.

Liferay Portal, available at no cost under the MIT license, supports all major middleware and database platforms including JBoss JEMS, BEA Platform, WebSphere, Tomcat, Oracle, mySQL and SQLServer. It also complies with major standards such as JSR-168 and JSR-170.

Version 4.2 is available in both current editions of Liferay Portal--Liferay Portal Professional, the standard product; and Liferay Portal Enterprise, which includes all Professional features plus the ability to cluster portlet transactions across multiple servers. The product is available for immediate download in both editions here.