Top 7 Zimbra alternatives
Last updated: August 26, 2015
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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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2015. Synacor acquired Zimbra
The open-source based email and messaging software provider Zimbra has been acquired by Synacor for $24.5 million. Synacor calls itself the multiscreen technology and monetization partner for video, internet and communications providers, device manufacturers and enterprises. Synacor officials said they will continue the open source version of Zimbra and provide technical support for Zimbra's Open Source Edition (OSE) through its VAR partners. Zimbra has already been acquired by Telligent, VMWare and Yahoo. The buy follows the news earlier this week that Verint acquired Telligent (Zimbra Social) from Zimbra.
2010. VMware buying Zimbra from Yahoo
What this deal means? For Yahoo - it's the end of the Enterprise game. The company will focuse on its consumer portal and will not interfere with its new strategical partner - Microsoft (because Zimbra - is MS Exchange competitor). For VMWare - this is another huge step to the elite of Cloud Computing market. WMWare is the largest developer of virtualization systems, that are used in public and private cloud platforms. In addition, the company has recently bought Springsource to create its own web platform - an alternative to Google App Engine. The most popular open-source collaboration suite Zimbra will let VMWare to enter the Web-applications market. There’s no word on the sale price yet, but it's probably lower than the $350 million paid by Yahoo in 2006.
2005. Zimbra readies open-source business e-mail
Zimbra eleased the messaging and calendaring software targeted specifically to businesses. Using an open-source business model and a modern development technique known as Ajax, the start-up is looking to unseat entrenched messaging suppliers IBM and Microsoft. The company, which launched its first beta in August, makes its Web-based messaging product available for free with an open-source license. It intends to make money by charging corporate customers a license fee for a more functional "Network" version and a yearly support fee based on the number of mailboxes used. The edition includes features to ease administration, such as simplified backup tools, support for clustered servers and storage tools for managing end-user mailbox accounts.