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 »

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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 »

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VMware’s Path To Cloud Messaging & Collaboration – Introducing Zimbra 8

By | July 11, 2012
Today we’re announcing Zimbra 8.0, the newest version of the messaging and collaboration suite built for the Post-PC era. Zimbra 8.0 includes simplified communications  - via our partnerships with Cisco and Mitel - improved cloud manageability and an easier to use personal cloud of email, address book and calendar.  Zimbra 8.0 follows the release of Zimbra 7.2 last quarter and expands our commitment to the collaboration market. The Beta version of Zimbra 8.… Read more »

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mxHero: Showcasing the Benefits of an Open Platform & Bringing Custom Innovation to Email

By | June 12, 2012
A big advantage of Zimbra is its extensibility and interoperability. By providing an email solution that is both robust and extensible, Zimbra is open to the community to build enhancements to its core functionality and bring new, custom features to Zimbra users. One of the best examples of a value added solution comes from mxHero Inc, which has tightly integrated their open-source email enhancement platform with Zimbra, bringing innovative functionality through a continuously growing catalogue of plugins. Among the 23 plugins currently available: Hero Attach: Send emails of any size to anyone. For example, send a 200Mb photo album. Auto Signature:… Read more »

Zimbra vs Google Apps Webinar and More

By | January 18, 2011
Tomorrow the VMware and Zimbra team will be hosting a live webinar covering some key differences between Zimbra and Google Apps.   It will be quite informative and an opportunity to ask questions of the Zimbra team; here is the webinar information from the Zimbra Webinar Series: Zimbra Collaboration Suite vs. Google Apps There are significant benefits of placing business critical applications such as email and collaboration in the cloud. Invest 45 minutes and learn what the key differentiators are when it comes to secure, cloud-based email and collaboration. Topics covered in the LIVE webinar include: Key feature &… Read more »

New SugarCRM Extension in Zimbra Gallery

By | January 11, 2011
Zimbra partner Irontec of Spain recently posted a new Zimlet integration for SugarCRM in the Zimbra Gallery called "zSugar".  This is allows end users to attach email correspondences to an Account, Contact, Opportunity or Project. Feel free to try it out and provide your feedback, the Irontec team has deployed this with several customers already and plans on releasing an RC candidate shortly.  (Note the screen capture on the right is Spanish, but the UI is localized in English and Catalan as well). For those less familiar with the category of CRM <---> email integrations, zSugar is similar to the Salesforce Zimlet currently available for Salesforce.com in the Zimbra Gallery which allows end users to manage their leads and customers more efficiently by not making them log in to the CRM each time records need to be updated.… Read more »