VMware plans to make a beta version of an upgrade to its Zimbra Collaboration Server available for download on Wednesday, with shipments in final form scheduled for later this quarter, the company said.
Zimbra Collaboration Server 8.0, a major upgrade of this Linux-based enterprise e-mail and calendaring product, has been designed to be easier to install and can be integrated with third-party unified communications tools.
This new version can be installed as a virtual software appliance that the company claims can be set up in as little as 10 minutes and thereafter requires little management.
“We want IT administrators and end users to get the benefits of a SaaS-like application whether it runs behind their firewall or is hosted by a service provider,” said John Robb, VMware’s senior director of collaboration products.
The Zimbra product can be installed on customer premises or hosted in the cloud by a VMware partner. There are now 85 million Zimbra paid mailboxes in use by 250,000 organizations.
The Zimbra Collaboration Server 8.0 can be integrated with Cisco and Mitel unified communications products to mesh with Zimbra product functionality like IM and presence, IP telephony, web meetings and video conferencing, the company said.