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VMware unveils Zimbra 7

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VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has announced the launch of VMware Zimbra 7 – the latest version of its next-generation email and collaboration platform.

Customers can download Zimbra Collaboration Server 7 (formerly Zimbra Collaboration Suite) along with beta versions of VMware Zimbra Desktop 7 and VMware Zimbra Appliance 7 on the Zimbra website.
VMware Zimbra 7 features new data sharing capabilities, expanded calendaring and search functionality, and upgraded management features for both IT and end-users. With this update, Zimbra is further optimised for both the casual and power-user, establishing a platform for a next-generation workspace within the VMware End-User Computing vision.
VMware’s End-User Computing vision seeks to free users and IT from more than two decades of complex, device-centric computing, and deliver a more consumer-focused cloud experience for the enterprise. VMware Zimbra is among the largest business collaboration providers and is the largest on-premise open source collaboration suite in terms of paid mailboxes.
Chris Norton, regional director VMware Southern Africa, says, “We are very pleased to announce this new version of VMware Zimbra, which continues to be the fastest-growing enterprise collaboration solution – now with more than 66-million paid mailboxes and more than 200,000 organisations using VMware Zimbra as their next-generation collaboration platform of choice.”
“The enterprise inbox is going through dramatic changes,” says Erin K. Traudt, research director, enterprise collaboration and social solutions programme at IDC.
“The impact of social media, along with a new-generation of increasingly mobile workers, creates new demands on collaboration platforms. The concept of ‘sharing more and sending less’ becomes a key capability that enterprises should consider as they look to arm their workforce with the essentials of everyday business communications.”