Innovative open-source collaboration suite attracts tens of thousands of downloads globally, and the recognition of industry leaders Mozilla and Red Hat
SAN MATEO, CA - Feb. 8, 2006 - Zimbra (http://www.zimbra.com), a leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging, today announced general availability of its flagship product, the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS), with the launch of ZCS 3.0.
ZCS is an open source, enterprise collaboration system that reduces the cost and complexity of collaboration, and fundamentally changes the way users and administrators interact with their e-mail and calendaring applications. Zimbra's growing global customer base ranges from large, multi-thousand seat enterprises such as H&R Block and University Francisco Marroqun of Guatemala, to small businesses like 200-seat online retailer Backcountry.com.
"We've been thrilled with the response to the ZCS betas, and the incredible support we've received from the open source community - thanks to the feedback and input of tens of thousands of users and developers, we're ready to launch ZCS 3.0 to the general public," said Satish Dharmaraj, CEO and co-founder of Zimbra. "The messaging market has been stagnant for more than ten years and we, along with the Zimbra Community, are committed to changing it."
ZCS is designed and tested for large deployments, making it an appealing choice for companies such as H&R Block, the world's largest tax services provider, which recently implemented ZCS.
"When we decided to roll out e-mail to almost 10,000 offices nationwide, we did an evaluation of the leading messaging players, and found that Zimbra has the best solution for our needs and our users," said Marc West, CIO at H&R Block. "Zimbra is innovative, scalable and very cost-effective to manage."
ZCS 3.0 builds on the groundbreaking server and user interface technologies that have made the beta versions so successful. These include integrated search, single-copy mail store, discovery, anti-spam and anti-virus/security capabilities on the back end, and a rich, full-featured, AJAX-based Web client that brings e-mail and calendar items to life through Web mash-ups on the front end.
ZCS integrates the ability to subscribe to RSS and Atom feeds, and allows users to publish mailbox content such as calendar, contacts and mail folders via RSS. Zimbra's rich calendaring application supports iCal and includes advanced features such as the ability to create and share public calendars, or import external calendars.
In addition to GA support, new features in ZCS 3.0 include:
For additional details and a full feature list, visit http://www.zimbra.com/.
Since its beta launch in October 2005, ZCS has attracted tens of thousands of downloads from more than 30 countries, and already has localizations underway in 10 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Finnish, Japanese and Thai. Additionally, Zimbra has received the support and recognition of the open source community and many technology leaders, including Red Hat and Mozilla.
"Enterprise customers continue to broaden their usage of Linux and open source and Red Hat is constantly seeking high-value solutions to fit their needs. Zimbra offers a very compelling collaboration solution that allows our customers to expand their deployments of open source," said Mike Evans, vice president of Corporate Development at Red Hat. "We're pleased to welcome Zimbra to the Red Hat partner ecosystem."
"The Zimbra Collaboration Suite is a leading example of the innovation in the Web user experience enabled by the adoption and support of open Web standards," said Christopher Beard, vice president of products, Mozilla Corporation.
The ZCS 3.0 Open Source Edition is free, and the commercially-supported Network Edition is available for $28/mailbox/year, which includes full product support as well as software subscriptions to new releases, updates and patches. Both editions can be downloaded at http://www.zimbra.com. Users can discuss topics related to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite and provide feedback at http://www.zimbra.com/forums.
Zimbra's mission is to dramatically improve the messaging and collaboration experience for both administrators and users. Zimbra's goal is to achieve this by investing in innovation, open source, and compatibility with existing applications and systems. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite supports Windows, Apple, and Linux platforms and works with Microsoft Outlook as well as other PC and mobile clients. Additionally, Zimbra provides an AJAX browser based client that provides rich, secure, anytime access for anyone within the enterprise. More information and software downloads are available at www.zimbra.com.