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Open-source enterprise messaging provider Scalix plans to enhance its partner program by offering via Red Hat Exchange a subscription version of its e-mail and calendaring product for small businesses, starting this summer.

The move makes the technology more widely available to SMBs (small and midsize businesses), company officials said in a statement. The Red Hat Exchange, launched May 10, offers subscriptions to open-source suites to be sold by VARs.

"The Red Hat vision of offering ‘pre-baked’ solution suites as well as a single point of contact will drive risk and complexity out of the equation for businesses and make it easier for them to adopt business-critical Linux applications," said Glenn Winokur, Scalix CEO, in a statement.

Scalix currently boasts a channel program of 250 VARs internationally who have deployed the company’s products in 55 countries. Scalix VARs will be invited to sell the RHX subscription products along with existing Red Hat VARs, company officials said.

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