VMware's Zimbra Appliance Offers Virtual Collaboration Solution

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The Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance from VMware offers businesses an e-mail and collaboration solution delivered as a virtual appliance.

Virtualization specialist VMware announced the launch of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance, an e-mail and collaboration solution delivered as a virtual appliance and designed to run on the VMware vSphere platform. In addition, VMware announced that Zimbra, which it acquired in February 2010, is now fully integrated within VMware, and all Zimbra products are currently available via VMware's sales and channel partner ecosystem. Zimbra customers are also now supported by VMware's Global Support Services, the company noted.

Businesses can run the Zimbra appliance either within their data centers, or via one of VMware's more than 2,000 VMware vCloud partners who host the application as a service. The appliance also provides a personal and team cloud for the user, administrator and data center. In addition, the application features integrated security technologies including a firewall, antivirus and anti-spam solutions. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance is currently available starting at USD $625/25 mailboxes for a perpetual license.

Zimbra E-mail and Collaboration Server is an e-mail and collaboration solution that includes e-mail, contacts/address book, calendaring, document management, file sharing, tasks, and search and indexing, while the Advanced Web Client is a multiple-browser, multiple-platform Web-client with an AJAX interface. Zimbra Mobile is a native "over-the-air" synchronization to Appleā€™s iPhone, Windows, Palm and Symbian OS smartphones with customizable mobile security policies including remote device wipe, PINs and device management features on user accounts.

Other features include an Appliance Migration Wizard to help businesses migrate from Microsoft Exchange and Domino environments, a task-oriented, Web-based administration console, an integrated operating system and application stack, combined with firewall, antivirus and anti-spam filtering, software and security updates that are combined into a single lifecycle management policy, and open formats to reduce the cost and complexity of provisioning and lifecycle management.

"We're excited about the opportunity to provide VMware customers worldwide with Zimbra's best-in-class e-mail and collaboration solution paired with VMware vSphere's leading virtualization platform," said Zimbra general manager Jim Morrisroe. "The Collaboration Suite Appliance delivers customers secure e-mail with the assurance that their data is protected on our VMware vSphere virtualization platform, and a collaboration solution that they can fully deploy in a matter of minutes -- literally going from install to inbox in less than 10 minutes."