VMware launches Zimbra 8.0

App is designed to offer companies a way to move to cloud-based email

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VMware launches Zimbra 8.0 VMware has launched its Zimbra 8.0 software, designed to help companies move corporate email to cloud.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 16, 2012

VMware has announced its Zimbra Collaboration Server 8.0, which is designed to offer organisations interested in cloud-based email a clear path for moving messaging and collaboration to the cloud.

The new software is designed to be eEasily deployed in private or public clouds. VMware is making Zimbra 8.0 Beta available for download to organisations worldwide.

The newest version of Zimbra is designed to allow enterprise companies to small business the option to deploy a browser-based email solution in a private or public cloud, while delivering the advanced features and enterprise functionality. The software is available as a virtual software appliance that can be deployed in ten minutes and requires minimal ongoing management. 

"We're witnessing a fundamental shift in the way people work, and in turn a new set of demands that are put on IT infrastructure and applications like email and integration communications," said Sam Tayan, regional director, VMware MENA . "Zimbra 8 is designed to make end users more efficient by connecting them with their data while providing IT departments a simple way to manage the transition to a public or private cloud and help deliver the benefits promised by the post-PC era." 

Zimbra 8.0 is designed to connect users to their personal cloud with a redesigned interface and a smarter mailbox to help manage the flow of information through their email, calendar, voice and social channels. VMware has partnered with Cisco and Mitel to offer unified communications capabilities embedded within Zimbra. These deep integration capabilities are designed to allow users to connect their voice and message systems in a unified inbox, enabling Click2Call, voicemail, presence, and chat all from within the Zimbra Web app.

"In the post-PC era employees are collaborating in innovative new ways.  More than ever, our customers are asking for cloud-based collaboration services that deliver compelling, integrated, productivity enhancing user experiences," said Laurent Philonenko, vice president, Cisco Unified Communications.  "Cisco works with innovative partners like VMware to integrate collaboration applications such as Cisco Jabber and Cisco WebEx - that bring together presence, instant messaging, voice and video, voice messaging, desktop sharing and conferencing into a consistent experience across PCs, Macs, tablets and smart phones."

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