Zimbra Launches Zimbra Collaboration Suite 3.0, With General Availability

Innovative Open-Source Collaboration Suite Attracts Tens of Thousands of

Downloads Globally, and the Recognition of Industry Leaders Mozilla and Red


Feb 08, 2006, 00:00 ET from Zimbra

    SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Zimbra (http://www.zimbra.com),a
 leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging, today
 announced general availability of its flagship product, the Zimbra
 Collaboration Suite (ZCS), with the launch of ZCS 3.0.
     ZCS is an open source, enterprise collaboration system that reduces the
 cost and complexity of collaboration, and fundamentally changes the way users
 and administrators interact with their e-mail and calendaring applications.
 Zimbra's growing global customer base ranges from large, multi-thousand seat
 enterprises such as H&R Block and University Francisco Marroquin of Guatemala,
 to small businesses like 200-seat online retailer Backcountry.com.
     "We've been thrilled with the response to the ZCS betas, and the
 incredible support we've received from the open source community -- thanks to
 the feedback and input of tens of thousands of users and developers, we're
 ready to launch ZCS 3.0 to the general public," said Satish Dharmaraj, CEO and
 co-founder of Zimbra. "The messaging market has been stagnant for more than
 ten years and we, along with the Zimbra Community, are committed to changing
     ZCS is designed and tested for large deployments, making it an appealing
 choice for companies such as H&R Block, the world's largest tax services
 provider, which recently implemented ZCS.
     "When we decided to roll out e-mail to almost 10,000 offices nationwide,
 we did an evaluation of the leading messaging players, and found that Zimbra
 has the best solution for our needs and our users," said Marc West, CIO at H&R
 Block. "Zimbra is innovative, scalable and very cost-effective to manage."
     ZCS 3.0 Key Features
     ZCS 3.0 builds on the groundbreaking server and user interface
 technologies that have made the beta versions so successful. These include
 integrated search, single-copy mail store, discovery, anti-spam and
 anti-virus/security capabilities on the back end, and a rich, full-featured,
 AJAX-based Web client that brings e-mail and calendar items to life through
 Web mash-ups on the front end.
     ZCS integrates the ability to subscribe to RSS and Atom feeds, and allows
 users to publish mailbox content such as calendar, contacts and mail folders
 via RSS. Zimbra's rich calendaring application supports iCal and includes
 advanced features such as the ability to create and share public calendars, or
 import external calendars.
     In addition to GA support, new features in ZCS 3.0 include:
     -- Zimlets tool for easy, customizable Web mash-ups
     -- Cross-mailbox search for compliance and discovery
     -- Ability for a user to view hundreds of types of attachments in HTML or
        to download
     -- Migration tools from Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2000 and 5.5; Outlook and
     -- Integrated hierarchical storage management
     -- Online backup and recovery of a mailbox or a server
     -- Powerful AJAX client for easy server administration
     -- Integrated anti-spam and anti-virus
     For additional details and a full feature list, visit
     Industry Recognition
     Since its beta launch in October 2005, ZCS has attracted tens of thousands
 of downloads from more than 30 countries, and already has localizations
 underway in 10 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian,
 Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Finnish, Japanese and Thai. Additionally, Zimbra
 has received the support and recognition of the open source community and many
 technology leaders, including Red Hat and Mozilla.
     "Enterprise customers continue to broaden their usage of Linux and open
 source and Red Hat is constantly seeking high-value solutions to fit their
 needs.  Zimbra offers a very compelling collaboration solution that allows our
 customers to expand their deployments of open source," said Mike Evans, vice
 president of Corporate Development at Red Hat. "We're pleased to welcome
 Zimbra to the Red Hat partner ecosystem."
     "The Zimbra Collaboration Suite is a leading example of the innovation in
 the Web user experience enabled by the adoption and support of open Web
 standards," said Christopher Beard, vice president of products, Mozilla
     Pricing and Availability
     The ZCS 3.0 Open Source Edition is free, and the commercially-supported
 Network Edition is available for $28/mailbox/year, which includes full product
 support as well as software subscriptions to new releases, updates and
 patches. Both editions can be downloaded at http://www.zimbra.com. Users can
 discuss topics related to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite and provide feedback
 at http://www.zimbra.com/forums.
     About Zimbra:
     Zimbra's mission is to dramatically improve the messaging and
 collaboration experience for both administrators and users.  Zimbra's goal is
 to achieve this by investing in innovation, open source, and compatibility
 with existing applications and systems. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite
 supports Windows, Apple, and Linux platforms and works with Microsoft Outlook
 as well as other PC and mobile clients.  Additionally, Zimbra provides an AJAX
 browser based client that provides rich, secure, anytime access for anyone
 within the enterprise.  More information and software downloads are available
 at www.zimbra.com.