I’m actually very excited over this, and I think it can turn out to be a great combination. Since Yahoo hasn’t paid much attention to Zimbra at all, I hope the new owners will. As I wrote back when the deal was still just a rumor, with VMware’s competence in virtualization and Zimbra’s collaboration software, this could turn out to be one heck of a virtual appliance.
It has been known for quite some time that Yahoo are trying to make bold changes internally. Products have been shut down (eg. Yahoo Live and Geocities) and it has been rumored that Zimbra has been up for sale for quite a few months by now.
If VMware ends up acquiring Zimbra it’s a very strange deal, but it might make sense. With VMware’s virtualization expertise, they might very well be able turn Zimbra into a powerful virtual appliance. That could work both sell it as a software appliance (just the virtual machine) as well as a hardware appliance (hardware). Combined with VMware’s virtualization product line, they can target everything from small business (VMware Server) to large enterprises (ESX). This could be a very serious threat to Microsoft Exchange.
It’s been a busy week. As a result, I haven’t been able to cover all the news that I would have liked to. Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to write a combined post that outlines the news from this week that I failed to cover.
First out is Open-Xchange, who hit a major milestone this week — 15 million users. This is an increase in their user base by 80 percent in 2009. Great job guys! Yet, you still got quite a steep climb until you reach Zimbra with it’s 40 million users.
We have just rolled out a brand new exciting addition to ESG: Downloads. In this section you will find various email related downloads. No, it’s not just another collection of links to Thunderbird and other email clients — it’s unique content that we have generated.
The first two items we have added to the Download-section are two virtual machines/appliances. One complete installation of Zimbra and one complete installation of Scalix. All you need to do is to download them, open them up in VMware and you got a fully working installation. Please note that these virtual appliances are not intended for production use, but rather to use in the lab or at home.
The Scalix appliance is configured on top of CentOS 5.4 and is running Scalix 11.4.5 GA. The Zimbra appliance is using Ubuntu 8.04.3 and is running Zimbra 6.03 GA. For more information about the appliances, please visit their individual pages.
ZCS just released version 6.0.3. Contrary to normal minor releases like this, we strongly urge you to update to this release, as it includes a fix against the recently discovered SSL vulnerability. In addition to this SSL fix, there’s also a security update for Nginx and Jetty.
Zimbra announced yesterday that they’ve released version 6.0.2. The update includes a number of bug fixes. One of the more interesting new features not mentioned in the official forum announcement is the fact that Xen is now officially supported by Zimbra. Keep reading for a summary of the release.
Zimbra Desktop is Zimbra’s answer to Microsoft’s Outlook. Contrary to what one would expect, Zimbra Desktop does not require a Zimbra server. It is simply a stand-alone desktop email client that works on all major platforms (Linux/Mac/Windows).
Zimbra Desktop comes with all the bells and whistles one would expect from an modern Personal Information Manager (PIM), such as POP3/IMAP support, contacts and calendar. In addition to these features, Zimbra Desktop also supports contacts and calendar synchronization with both Yahoo! Mail and Gmail. As far as features goes, it comes close to Outlook. At a low price of $0, could it be a potential Outlook killer?
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