VoIP Business and Virtual PBX

VMware cranks Zimbra collabware up to 8.0

Technically, it is called Zimbra Collaboration Server and it comes in an open source flavor and a commercial network edition that can be deployed internally behind the firewall or by service providers that want to offer email and collaboration as a service.

Two years ago, a single service provider accounted for 30 million of the 60 million seats, and everyone guessed it was Yahoo! VMware is way out in front with service providers, with about 40 per cent of its business coming from them.

The Mozilla Thunderbird so so dead

And with the Mozilla Thunderbird so so dead, Robb says that "Outlook is straightway" as end users move away from PC customers for collaboration and toward browser-centric computing in other words cloud friendly during also not being data center hostile. It's all part of what VMware and rival Citrix Systems call the "post-PC era."

The main change that comes with Zimbra 8.0 is out-of-the-box integration with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone systems from Cisco Systems and Mitel, allowing Click2Call as then as access to voicemail, chat, and presence from within the Zimbra Ajax-based client.

The case of Cisco

In the case of Cisco, the Zimbra client is as well now integrated with WebEx so you can schedule and launch meetings from inside the client. VMware is as well releasing specs on a set of APIs that will allow for VoIP systems from Siemens, Avaya, and others to be integrated with the client. VMware has not said it will do this work.

The new Zimbra as well has a very interesting litigation hold feature that will no doubt be popular, which allows for emails to be held from being deleted without having to fork a mailbox and add infrastructure to run it. Zimbra 8.0 can as well provision its accounts automatically from Windows Active Directory or other LDAP authentication servers, and end users can manage their distribution lists and search and recover deleted items from mail, calendar, contacts, and tasks from inside of the client.

Zimbra Collaboration Server 8.0 Network Edition costs $45 per user if you want a perpetual license, and at the time you have to pay an additional software support fee each year afterwards that. Or you can buy it on an annual subscription basis that costs $25 per user per year; this includes the license as then as support. Volume discounts most all the same apply. ®

The Register's Lucy Sheriff is joined

The Register's Lucy Sheriff is joined by Julian Elve, of The Schools Network, to talk about his recent Office 365 migration.

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