VMware on the Zimbra purchase: A building block for cloud lineup

VMware on the Zimbra purchase: A building block for cloud lineup

Summary: It's official: VMware has acquired email and collaboration software maker Zimbra from Yahoo.

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It's official: VMware has acquired email and collaboration software maker Zimbra from Yahoo.

Under the terms of the deal, VMware gets Zimbra technology and intellectual property. Yahoo will be able to use Zimbra's technology for its Yahoo Mail and Calendar services. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

As noted previously, VMware is looking to build out its stack of cloud infrastructure. With Zimbra, VMware can package its desktop virtualization with Zimbra and have more opportunities to cross sell applications.

Here's a look at that stack:

In a statement, VMware noted that it will support Zimbra's existing customer base. Zimbra, which has strong growth among small and midsized businesses, has more than 55 million paid mailboxes in its arsenal.

The initial plan is to form a cloud computing tandem with Vmware's vSphere operating system and Zimbra. In a blog post, VMware CTO Steve Herrod said that Zimbra was among the favorite downloads on its marketplace. As part of VMware, Zimbra will bolster the portfolio of cloud applications. Herrod said:

With Zimbra, we will now offer our partners an even higher level of cloud capability; one where customers can simply use an application without worrying about the details of how and where it runs.

Also: VMware eyes Zimbra: Desktop ambitions come into focus

Topics: Hardware, Virtualization, VMware

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  • GREAT!

    I like VMware and Zimbra is a great deal!
    linux_kernel
  • RE: VMware on the Zimbra purchase: A building block for cloud lineup

    Sorry, I fail to see how this fits into VMwares' product mix and strategy. Also I don't see this working for current Zimbra users and service providers, unless of course your using VMware products.

    -PL
    paul_a_leroy@...
  • RE: VMware on the Zimbra purchase: A building block for cloud lineup

    It would be interesting to do a point by point comparison with the old Lotus Notes function and features offered by the new collaboration. What new "killer" function/capabilities are being offered?
    JimOverby3