New Zealand open source content management system vendor SilverStripe has achieved Certification for Windows Server 2008 R2, for version 2.4.0 of its SilverStripe CMS product .
According to Microsoft, "This is a world first, as the software is the only truly open source web application to achieve certification on the Windows platform."
A statement from Microsoft announcing the certification quotes SilverStripe co-founder and business relationship manager Sigurd Magnusson as saying: "We are very excited about receiving the Certification, as it validates everything we have been working towards – ease of use and added value for our customers, along with faster deployment times, as well as confirming the robustness and reliability of our software.
“At least half of SilverStripe’s customers manage predominantly Windows Server IT environments. These customers are now able to confidently deploy our software on the Microsoft platform. The addition of Internet Information Services (IIS) and SQL Server support for SilverStripe CMS opens up a diverse new market, and we are confident that greater interoperability with the Windows platform will contribute to our further success in the years ahead.”
The statement continues: "Certification for Windows Server is achieved through an independently audited process that has extensive and strict criteria. In addition to being the only open source web application to attain this, the other unique element of the certification is the SilverStripe application was written in PHP rather than the .Net format.
"SilverStripe and Microsoft have worked together over the last three years to achieve a number of technical milestones. The first of these was support for IIS and the Windows operating system, followed by native support for SQL Server 2008. SilverStripe was also one of ten initial products able to be installed at the launch of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer and the Web Application Gallery. Certification for Windows Server 2008 R2 is the culmination of all this work.
"SilverStripe CMS’ support for Windows was central to it securing a significant website development contract with one of New Zealand’s largest local government bodies, the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Greater Wellington operates www.gw.govt.nz and www.metlink.co.nz, both are heavily trafficked council and official public transport sites that necessitate a stable and reliable content management platform."