Zimbra Server Feature Overview

A key advantage Zimbra Server has over many other systems is that it works well across a wide variety of deployment scenarios. This can be attributed to it's inherit stability, scalability, and modern feature set which appeals to both on-premises and hosted service customers using Zimbra in education, business, government, and financial services environments.

Simple, Familiar, and Cost-Effective

  • Fast, easy install - all dependent components are packaged together in one simple installer
  • Proven open source - built with Linux, Apache Tomcat, Postfix, MySQL, OpenLDAP, Lucene
  • Efficiency and horizontal scalability - Zimbra server is 3-5x faster than comparable systems, plus each server has its own data store, message store, and set mailbox accounts. To scale simply add more servers.
  • Easy to administer and maintain - familiar open source components, robust migration tools, key feature advantages like real-time backup and restore; intuitive Ajax-based web Admin Console

Mission Critical Features for Larger Organizations

  • High availability - through clustering, application level journaling / clustering
  • Backup and recovery - Live online move and restore of individual or a group of mailboxes without a service disruption; supports full and incremental backup
  • Microsoft Active Directory integration - and easily add LDAP directories for authentication and Global Address Lists
  • Built-in security - integrated anti-spam and anti-virus out of the box (SpamAssassin, ClamAV, plus add 3rd parties)
  • Archiving and compliance- support to meet growing regulatory requirements in today's enterprise with Zimbra Archive and Discovery

Software as a Service (Saas) Ready

  • Native hierarchical storage management - allows for cost effective multiple GB mail boxes by seamlessly moving off older messages to commodity storage
  • Class-of-Service (COS) - easily manage features and storage quotas with COS.
  • Multi-domain support - multi-tenancy domain-level administration and domain-level re-branding
  • Service provider tools - such as limiting number of mailboxes per domain or allowing domain administrators to set their own storage quotas and security policies

Open and Flexible for Integration

  • Uses industry standard open protocols - SMTP, LMTP, SOAP, XML, IMAP, POP, iCal, CalDAV
  • Extensible with web services - connect other inter / intranet applications and data source via complete set of SOAP / REST web service APIs and Zimlets
  • Native integration with popular clients - server syncs with Microsoft Outlook (via MAPI), Apple Desktop (iSync), Novell Evolution and popular mobile devices with no additional server needed

Complete ZCS feature list (PDF)