Zarafa and Mandriva partner to deliver integrated enterprise solutions
Date: Sat, 06/04/2011 - 14:47
Mandriva, Europe's leading publisher of Linux solutions, announced the availability of the Zarafa Collaboration Platform (ZCP) on the Mandriva Enterprise Server 5 (MES5) platform
Zarafa is the Microsoft Exchange replacement for Linux servers, which allows users to share e-mails, calendars and contacts using Outlook or a web access. The integration includes a specific installation and configuration wizard as well as the possibility to manage Zarafa users in the Mandriva Directory Server (MDS) of MES5.
At the Solutions Linux / Open Source in Paris, Mandriva and Zarafa signed a technological and commercial partnership contract to ensure the best possible support and maintenance for MES5 users deploying ZCP.
Mandriva offers Zarafa dedicated packages including support for Mandriva Enterprise Server 5 (MES 5), a server for midsized enterprise customers. Zarafa also ships the Zarafa web access, a webbased groupware interface with a look-and-feel like MS Outlook, allowing users to become accustomed quickly. Moreover, with the Active Directory plug-in Zarafa can be easily integrated in an existing Windows network.
Mandriva has more than 5 million users in 140 countries, and Zarafa has been delivering groupware solutions to Linux customers worldwide for almost a decade now.
“Mandriva's partnership with a growing open source groupware solution provider like Zarafa is a demonstration of the global appeal for the Mandriva Linux operating system. This agreement validates Mandriva's strategic investment in the field of the enterprise sector that will be a growing market for Mandriva”, said Gaurav Parakh, Vice President, WW Strategic Partnership Alliance & Brazil P&L Unit, Mandriva S.A.
“This partnership makes it easy for companies that are committed to open source to realize the benefits of integrated enterprise solutions, and we are thrilled about this partnership. We have created the easiest to set up and easiest to use environment for Zarafa” said Arnaud Laprévote, CEO & President of the Management Board. Mandriva S.A.
Brian Joseph, CEO of Zarafa, explains: “As the leading European provider of open source groupware and collaboration software, Zarafa welcomes this partnership with Mandriva as another step towards our growing ecosystem in France. This partnership with the French open source pioneers will definitely bring new innovations to our customer base.”
Zarafa is the one of the few software providers that offers ActiveSync compatibility on an open source basis. Via its Z-Push open source project, Zarafa supports most ActiveSync-compatible peripherals. As a result, businesses can synchronize their groupware data with Windows Mobile, Google Android, Nokia mobiles and iPhones. In addition, Zarafa enables integration with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Many businesses from a variety of vertical sectors including; public sector, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, logistics and professional services have already switched to Zarafa software.