Telenet Launches Zimbra For More Than 1.3 Million Customers

By | July 22, 2010
Telenet, one of the largest internet providers in Belgium, recently announced the rollout of a new webmail platform developed in collaboration with Zimbra. Since April 2010, Telenet has been providing access to the new system for over 1 million residential internet subscribers and will continue the migration through August 1st. The updated email suite – which is free to Telenet customers – provides 5 GB of storage, a built-in calendar and address book, many advanced tools like sharing, automated importing of external mail accounts, plus more features to come. Previously, Telenet internet customers had a basic mail utility and minuscule quota space of 50 MB. The new interface, powered by Zimbra, is extremely user friendly and is supported by 100x more storage. Other improved features include the ability to set up rules for filtering incoming mail and access to a mobile browser version. Several factors, including lower disk costs and the broadening availability of both virtualization and cloud applications made it possible for Telenet to make this update available to its customers. (One such distributed object storage framework is from Bizanga/Scality, who developed a connector for Zimbra, and has a video on Telenet's strategy here.… Read more »

Zimbra TCO Bests Microsoft Exchange in University of Pennsylvania Case Study

By | April 28, 2010
In today’s climate IT departments are under a lot of pressure to cut costs yet maintain services that don’t compromise on features.  So it’s no surprise we hear more and more the questions, “How does Zimbra total cost-of-ownership (TCO) compare with Microsoft Exchange?”   In fact, it recently hit #3 on our popularity chart as organizations contemplate Exchange upgrades again (we’ll save the top two questions for another day). Public field data typically shows Zimbra Collaboration Suite ahead of MS Exchange Server when licensing and hardware costs are compared for various on-premises deployments.   However, while licensing and hardware cost data is readily available, perhaps the most significant recurring cost components in the equation are less well documented — additional time spent administering servers and software and the high cost of support contracts. This cost differential often gets hazy because most organizations do not closely log time spent on specific tasks, including software administration or escalated user support issues.  Instead, in most circles you simply hear something analogous to “my Exchange servers are really cranky.”   But how much valuable productivity are you actually losing?… Read more »

Nordic Service Provider TDC Deploys Zimbra on VMware

By | March 18, 2010
Zimbra partner Nordicmind, recently published a case study on service provider TDC and their hosted business email deployment powered by Zimbra.  TDC is a leading telephony, internet, communications, and hosting solutions provider operating in Finland, Norway, and Denmark and specializes in services for businesses; in 2009 it generated $6.6 billion US in revenue with 11.7 million total customers. It's great seeing partners like Nordicmind take on these larger, and often more intricate, deployments and yet another indicator of how strong the Zimbra partner ecosystem has become.  There are now over 1000 VAR, HSP and distribution partners and many more on the way as our relationship with VMware flourishes. It's also worth noting this deployment not only entailed an upgrade to a modern collaboration platform but also a move to VMware ESX at the same time.… Read more »

Just Put a Zimbra iPhone App in My Stocking

By | December 23, 2009
Though the Holidays are in full swing and the big day less than 48 hours away, some of us here at Zimbra are just getting started on the gift giving process.  So naturally we started today by checking out some of our favorite idea spots like UnCrate, Gizmodo and the Adult Swim Store. Invariably, a visit to Apple was also in order for gadgets and Apps to use as stocking stuffers.  That last bit may sound odd, but as an example, there are no fewer than four iPhones/Touches circulating now in my family and we are not alone.  Not surprisingly, children will also choose a new App over anything we could bring home from the Dollar Store.  So, the iTouch goes back in the stocking with Flick Fishing this year - and voila a new tradition is born. :) Happily, during the process we discovered a new App benefiting Zimbra users who are on the go.… Read more »

Zimbra Community Meet-up in Paris

By | November 23, 2009
Tomorrow in Paris, France there is an all day meet-up for Zimbra community members, partners and customers.  The agenda includes Zimbra roadmap beyond ZCS 6 and will have some basics on Zimlet development with drinks to follow.  It looks like a great opportunity to learn a lot and network with others in the community.  There will be both English and French speakers there, be sure to check it out! From our French friends: ===== Le "Zimbra Forum France", première réunion de la communauté Zimbra en France, est un lieu d'échange où partager idées, astuces et expérience de Zimbra. C'est l'occasion de découvrir les clés du succès de la solution de messagerie collaborative open source Zimbra auprès des entreprises publiques et privées. Programme de l'événement L'équipe Zimbra viendra présenter les nouveautés de la dernière version et donner un aperçu en avant première de la roadmap des versions futures.… Read more »

Zimbra Partner Program Heads to Next Level

By | August 28, 2009
During the past 5 years, Zimbra has evolved from a software company selling nearly 100% direct to customers to a model today where well over half of our sales are generated through Zimbra partners. The channel-focused evolution has been intentional; early on we realized working via Zimbra resellers, hosting partners and systems integrators is the best way Zimbra can satisfy our rapidly growing customer base's wide-ranging requirements while continuing to grow efficiently.  With this model we've been able to increase the number of paid Zimbra customers to over 60,000 organizations, accounting for over 41 million paid mailboxes - the second largest number of paid mailboxes for any email/collaboration product in the U.S. We certainly couldn't help deploy or support this number of customers without the involvement of so many valuable Zimbra partners! Our sales team certainly appreciates the leverage they gain by working hand-in-hand with channel partners.  Given that, we believe finding new ways to work even more closely together will enhance our mutual success and take us to the next level.… Read more »