Project Always On

By | September 6, 2013
One of the projects we are working on at Zimbra is project "Always On". The goal is very simple: Email and collaboration should be "always on" for end users. It's no secret that email is the number one tool used for business collaboration. Project Always On solves key issues related to operating a platform built to be the central hub of collaboration delivered as a cloud service. Our Design Goals We started with some very basic design goals based on what we believe are the key attributes of a cloud service. Inherently resilient to failure Scaling should be elastic based on workload demands The software can be enhanced without service disruption Efficient usage of commodity hardware resources As we thought about these design goals, we arrived at a few technical capabilities and basic architectural requirements to achieve them. No single points of failure in the application components Separating the application code from the data Distributing state information across commodity storage Automatic failover of application and data storage components Automatic load balancing of client requests across the application and data layers How Zimbra is Changing There is so much of work that goes into re-architecting your software, so we've been doing this over several phases.… Read more »

Join Us for the Zimbra User Group Conference

By | August 23, 2013
I am pleased to announce that Zimbra is hosting a combined user group conference with Telligent, September 23-25 at the W Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Named The Big Social, the event is celebrating its third year with Telligent and its first for Zimbra. The Big Social provides a venue for customers and partners to learn, share best practices, and network among peers. The Big Social 2013 features four training workshops, four different learning tracks, and keynote presentations from industry leaders. Moreover, it provides customers and partners with an early view into upcoming product enhancements and the opportunity to contribute your ideas for our product roadmap. The event also includes a partner pavilion where our technology partners showcase their work with our product, demo stations where our engineers demonstrate the latest product releases, as well as a social media lounge where you have the opportunity to relax, network, and earn cool prizes for interacting in our online communities. What makes The Big Social unique is that it is designed for our users, by our users. For example, the event features workshops and learning tracks that have been created by Zimbra and Telligent customers and partners from more than 20 different companies.… Read more »

Zimbra.Next (codename: JudasPriest): Full Steam Ahead

By | July 24, 2013
It was a crazy first week at the new Telligent + Zimbra. I spent the week in Japan talking with some of our largest partners and customers. As we talked through our vision for a unified social collaboration suite (for which there is no Japanese translation), several questions came up. One we consistently heard was, “what about Zimbra.Next?” The Zimbra.Next release train has been rolling and there’s no stopping it now. We’ve made a commitment to our customers and partners and we have no intention on going back on that.… Read more »

Telligent Acquires Zimbra from VMware

By | July 15, 2013
I’m pleased to say that Telligent, a market leader in enterprise social software, today announced that it has acquired from VMware the global assets of Zimbra. Telligent and Zimbra will merge under the Zimbra brand to form an enterprise software company offering a unified social collaboration suite built for the post-PC era. Why the combination? Zimbra and Telligent solutions are both designed for collaboration and have complementary capabilities. Telligent offers enterprise social collaboration including real-time communication, social networking, instant messaging and online communities. Paired with Zimbra for enterprise-class email, calendar and collaboration, the combined offering will cover the entire collaboration spectrum. Under the Zimbra brand, Zimbra software will continue to be made available on premise and in the cloud through the company and its partners. The combined company will also maintain its worldwide presence, with offices in Dallas, Palo Alto, Tokyo, London and Pune, India.… Read more »

New Research Shows Email’s Growing Business Role

By | May 7, 2013
It's easy to talk about how new communication channels will marginalize email – even in the business world. Yet simply checking your inbox on a Monday morning, it's obvious that email is not dead and plays and important role in communication. Osterman Research recently published a survey of corporate email users on their use of email. The results show that email is still a critical part of the work environment for many people. We’re not cutting back on email at work Despite social media channels and other means of communications, we still rely on email at work.  90 percent of the survey respondents use email as much or more today than a year ago:   Source:… Read more »

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Zimbra (JudasPriest) Release Update 1

By | April 5, 2013
As promised here’s an update on a few of the major projects we are working on for the JudasPriest release of Zimbra. Overall, our goal for the release is to innovate around our web app using HTML5 capabilities that run on any desktop, tablet, and mobile device while providing support for native clients using sync protocols. Here’s what we’re working on. HTML5 Offline Web App With our mission to drive advancements in Zimbra into the browser as our primary client experience, so goes Zimbra Desktop. ZD was essentially an offline HTML experience using SQL lite to store data, Jetty to serve our web app locally, and Prism (Firefox) to render the client UI. HTML5 enables us to cache our web app in local storage and provide SQL services, via IndexedDB embedded within Chrome, IE, and FireFox, to store and retrieve a local cache of your mailbox data. Initially we will support mail, calendar, and contacts and we’re taking the approach of syncing your current working set of data up to 30 days similar to a mobile experience where you typically don’t sync your entire 30GB mailbox. For those that must have their entire 30GB mailbox locally with them at all times, we are continuing to make advancements in the sync protocols and Desktop clients we support…keep reading.… Read more »