What is Different About Zimbra?

Admin Benefits

  • Complete Solution
    • Native archiving capabilities
    • Native discovery/cross mailbox search
    • Native replication/disaster recovery (WAN optimized)
    • Native hierarchical storage management (HSM)
  • Server and Storage Consolidation
    • Substantial reduction in managed storage - One copy of email & attachments per server (rather than one per user or one per storage group)
    • Substantial increase in the number of users per CPU - Multi-level caching and optimization of underlying open source software (Linux File System, MySQL, Postfix, etc.)
  • Lower-Overhead Management
    • Easy installation and configuration
    • On-line automated backup
    • On-line, intelligent restore (single mailbox, point-in-time, etc.)
    • Fast mailbox move
    • Rich, secure, zero administration client
  • Compatibility with existing infrastructure
    • Client - Outlook, Mobile, IMAP, POP, iCalendar, RSS, etc.
    • Directory - Active Directory/LDAP integration, provisioning support
    • Messaging Server - Co-existence and migration tools (including Microsoft Exchange)
    • Web services - Bi-directional integration with enterprise applications
  • Security
    • Web security model - Single sign-on, no VPN required
    • Secured attachment opening and HTML rendering
    • SpamAssassin and ClamAV included
    • Compatibility with existing anti-spam/anti-virus (via Postfix & amavisd-new)
  • Open solution
    • Open source
    • Open formats - One MIME message per file means Zimbra storage is not opaque to sys. admin. or operating system utilities

End-User Benefits

  • Self-Organizing Mailboxes
    • Powerful, fast search (including messages and attachments)
    • Saved searches across folders
    • Conversation management across folders
    • Tags for automatic and hand categorization of messages
  • Active Messaging™ - Extensible web services model for linking message content to applications (for mouse-over and click)
    • Intranet - ERP, CRM, Support, Finance, HR, VoIP phone, etc.
    • Internet - Google Maps, Skype, Travel, Package Tracking, etc.
    • Messaging application - Access across email, contacts, calendar, etc. without switching context
  • Any Place, Any Machine
    • Zero footprint, rich AJAX Web client (cross browser/OS)
    • Security sans VPN
    • Secure, read-only access to attachments without special-purpose client software
    • Wiki-based collaboration
  • Freedom of Client Choice
    • PC - Outlook (Online, Offline, Cached Mode), Apple Mail and iCal, Eudora, Evolution, Thunderbird/Sunbird, RSS, etc.
    • Mobile - Wireless devices "over the air" synchronization without special client software: Palm, Nokia, Motorola, PocketPC, etc. Other devices may require a seperate mobile client to be downloaded.

(Italics are used for Zimbra benefits currently planned for '06.)
More details are available in the Zimbra Data Sheet. (PDF)