Video: Lotus Notes vs Zimbra
Last updated: August 26, 2015
Lotus Notes is the client of a collaborative platform. It's an integrated desktop client option for accessing business e-mail, calendars and applications on IBM Lotus Domino server. Lotus Notes free open-source alternatives are Open-Xchange, Zimbra, SOGo, Zarafa.
Zimbra Collaboration Server is an email and calendar server plus much more; think about it like a next-generation Microsoft Exchange server. In addition to email and calendar, it provides file sharing, tasks, contacts, social media, document management and simplified administrative controls all in an award winning webmail user interface built with the latest AJAX web technology. ZCS also provides mobility and syncs to desktop client applications; the server is deployed on commodity Linux and Mac server hardware.
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2010 - IBM unveiles SaaS version of Lotus Domino to compete with Zimbra
Companies like IBM and Microsoft love to confuse their customers with numerous services and titles. Not so long ago IBM launched the new mail service LotusLive iNotes, that costs $3 per month per user and provides corporate e-mail, contacts and calendar. And today IBM has unveiled another service called LotusLive Notes, that costs $5 per month and also includes e-mail, contacts and calendar. At first glance, the only difference is the price, but in fact the latest service is a multitenant SaaS version of Lotus Domino (Domino - is the name of server software in the traditional in-house Lotus Notes system). How it differs from LotusLive iNotes?
First, users can work with e-mail and calendar, not only via the web interface (like in LotusLive iNotes), but also in the traditional desktop client Lotus Notes. As we have noted, for the average office worker familiar interface - is a big deal.
Secondly, companies can integrate SaaS LotusLive Notes service with the existing in-house Lotus Notes implementation. And both servers can be administered from the same Domino console.
In addition, unlike iNotes, LotusLive Notes includes a built-in messenger with online status control and supports syncing with mobile devices (with the mobile client Lotus Notes Traveler).
LotusLive Notes is a copmlete alternative to Microsoft's SaaS service Exchange Online, which also costs $5 per month per user. In addition, IBM now offers a bundle of LotusLive Notes + Connections + Engage for $10 per month per user. This is exactly the same price, as Microsoft asks for the BPOS suite.
2005 - Lotus Notes/Domino 7 includes "virtual Outlook" to win over Zimbra
IBM has released the next version of its e-mail and collaboration solution Lotus Notes / Domino 7. Among the new features the closer integration with Lotus Sametime and MS Office, RSS and iCal support, improved email group operations, e-mail threaded view, S/MIME support (all this works in Lotus Notes and in the Domino Web Access). In addition, Domino server now supports DB2 database. But the most interesting - is Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook - the "virtual Outlook", which allows you to migrate data from MS Exchange to Lotus Domino and access e-mail and other tools via the Web interface or Lotus Notes. According to the recent IDC report IBM Notes / Domino and Microsoft Exchange / Office virtually splited the collaboration market in half, but Microsoft is leading with 51,2% against 40,1%.
1999 - Not joke: Lotus Notes / Domino 5.0 is officially available to keep up with Zimbra