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
-- 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
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
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