On Friday, February 22nd VMware hosted the 3rd Annual VMware Zimbra Service Provider Summit in San Francisco, CA. This event brought together our largest Zimbra Service Provider customers from around the world, with the goals of sharing our future vision of the Zimbra platform, fostering discussions on the opportunities and challenges facing carriers today and sharing with one another the best practices and learnings from real world deployments.
This year’s summit was our largest one ever and included 61 attendees from 14 different carriers and partners from around the Globe. Our partners heard from the Zimbra leadership on their plans around evolving Zimbra to support their “always on” environments in a non-disruptive manner, as well as providing an optimized messaging experience for mobile devices, tablets, PCs and the Web.
Zimbra’s culture is rooted in openness and transparency – from our Open Source Edition of Zimbra, to our public forums with over 50,000 Members and finally to our strong Developer Community that has contributed hundreds of extensions to our Zimlet gallery. We believe this transparency and openness benefits each of our carrier partners and their email and collaboration offerings. Their real-world learnings greatly contribute to the quality of our product and our continued partnership will continue to make the Zimbra product better. Whether you are a mobile carrier in Japan or the biggest cable operator in the US, operating a messaging platform used by millions of subscribers in a 24×7 environment while continuing to innovate and delight subscribers with the best in class messaging experience is critical to success.
We are thankful to have such a strong community of carriers who are each leading the industry in offering innovative messaging services based on VMware Zimbra and we look forward to seeing this community continue to grow in the future.