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Just when we thought it couldn’t get any simpler for organizations than downloading a pre-packaged messaging and collaboration solution like Zimbra, Red Hat’s RHX program finds a way. The Zimbra team is excited to participate in Red Hat’s RHX program. The open source community members have often asked if they could download & evaluate, procure and get support for both the Red Hat platform and Zimbra’s rich Ajax-based messaging and collaboration solution – all from a single place. The RHX program fulfills the community’s wishes by providing a pre-integrated and Red Hat certified Zimbra solution for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

According to a recent survey by Yankee Group, around 23% of current Exchange customers plan to switch to Linux for their messaging and collaboration needs – a trend that continues to be growing. This transition is fueled in part due to the flexibility and investment protection that robust and mature Linux infrastructure like Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 offers. In addition, many of our customers have reported that an open source and Web 2.0 Zimbra solution – that offers integrated email, group calendaring, address book, and web document management and authoring accessible using a web client like Firefox or IE, or a fat client like Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail & iCal – reduces complexity of administration, while improving end-user productivity in their organizations.

Additionally, thanks to a rich roadmap of innovative capabilities like Zimbra Desktop, that offers web-based online and offline access to users’ information, and Instant Messaging, and a transparent product management process, organizations have a say in what constitutes a leading edge integrated messaging and communications solution.

Zimbra’s community has grown to over 8,000 strong and the messaging solution has been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of users to date. The Zimbra solution comes pre-packaged with mature and proven open source components like Postfix, MySQL, OpenLDAP, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, Lucene, AMaViS, etc. Presently, over 70% of the thousands of commercial Zimbra deployments are on the Red Hat platform.

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