04.03.2013

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CeBIT 2013: Large Interest in MS Small Business Server Replacement

Test integrated enterprise solutions from Univention and Zarafa at the CeBIT


According to Univention, there is ongoing interest in the combination of the Univention Corporate Server and the Open Source groupware Zarafa as an alternative for Windows servers. Since December, the software producer already reports more than 6500 downloads of its infrastructure solution UCS, which is equipped with Active-Directory compatible services, mostly in Germany. Zarafa’s Open Source groupware and collaboration software, which can be compared to Microsoft Exchange, can be installed in UCS with just a few clicks. Visitors can get to know this combination on Univention’s CeBIT booth E16 in hall 6, on which Zarafa is also represented.

Bremen, Delft, 4th March 2013. The CeBIT is opening its gates once again from Tuesday till Saturday. Open Source groupware company Zarafa and software company Univention show here how simple it is for enterprises to utilize the Univention Corporate Server (UCS) and Zarafa as an alternative to solutions such as the MS Small Business Server (SBS).

Open Source server operating system UCS with Active Directory features

The software producer from Bremen states that their Open Source product UCS offers former SBS customers all necessary functions for operation, integration and administration of IT infrastructure and server services. This also includes many features, such as virtualization components, which have to be bought and administered separately with other manufacturers. Windows PCs can be operated with UCS just as easy as with Microsoft products, since the product contains Active Directory domain services which are crucial for the operation of a Windows PC. Changing from SBS to UCS is done with a tool which automatically transfers users and computer objects as well as group guidelines from the Active Directory environment to the directory service of the UCS. In this way, administrators can also replace an Active Directory Server by UCS. Furthermore, UCS enables the use of, e.g., groupware or document management systems in the cloud. Users can decide here if and if yes, which service they want to run at which cloud provider. Free test versions of UCS can be found ready for download on Univention’s website.
http://www.univention.de/en/download-and-support/

Open Source groupware Zarafa as MS Exchange replacement

Next to Microsoft Outlook, also smartphones have established themselves as must-have gadgets in today’s business life. Zarafa integrates these systems in a simple and stable manner with Linux servers such as UCS. The Zarafa WebApp offers a highly extensible, easily maintainable, enterprise class web client with online access to the groupware system and advanced features such as chat integration and web meetings.

Install and use Zarafa with just a few clicks

Zarafa can be installed on UCS in the Univention App Center with just a few clicks. The simple installation as an app and the integration in the Univention management system reduces the required time until the first login to the Zarafa system and the first e-mail has been sent considerably. Especially - but not exclusively - administrators of Small Business systems appreciate this simple integration, which covers all services a MS Small Business Server usually uses.

Get to know Zarafa and UCS at the CeBIT

Visitors of the world’s largest IT fair, the CeBIT, which takes place from 5th - 9th March in Hanover, Germany, are welcome to get a full demonstration of this winning combination on the Univention booth E16 in Hall 6. Univention provides interested people with tickets for the CeBIT by using the contact form at: http://www.univention.de/en/univention/dates/cebit-2013/ . Zarafa invites visitors to schedule an appointment using their contact form at: http://www.zarafa.com/content/schedule-meeting-cebit-2013.


Further information
Product information Zarafa: http://www.zarafa.com/content/products
Product information UCS: http://www.univention.de/en/products/ucs/
Domain management with UCS:
http://www.univention.de/en/ucs-solutions/ucs-domain-management/
Information about the third-party solutions already included in Univention’s App Center in UCS:
http://www.univention.de/en/products/ucs/app-catalogue-for-univention-corporate-
server/
 
About Zarafa
Zarafa is the leading European provider of Open Source groupware and collaboration software. The Zarafa Collaboration Platform (ZCP) is an Open Source groupware suite which enables full collaboration of email, calendaring, contacts and tasks. ZCP is used and well-known as a drop-in Microsoft Exchange replacement.The HTML-5 powered WebApp and its plug-ins deliver a browser-based, future ready, enterprise collaboration client. It facilitates the new ways of collaboration because users can, e.g., easily and quickly start a web meeting (http://www.zarafa.com/content/introduction-spreed-web-meeting-integration). 
Z-Push (http://z-push.sourceforge.net/soswp/), Zarafa’s ActiveSync implementation, enables enterprises to benefit from the best cross platform mobile compatibility (http://www.zarafa.com/content/mobility) and connects, e.g., iOs, Android phones and Windows Mobile smart phones.
The Zarafa Archiver (http://www.zarafa.com/content/zarafa-archiver) allows enterprises to cope with the ever increasing growth of email storage. This product dramatically minimizes the mail store of heavy users by moving old messages to slower and thus cheaper storage.
The company is headquartered in Delft, the Netherlands. Zarafa’s offices in Stuttgart and Hannover, Germany and Belo Horizonte, Brazil provide local sales and support to hundreds of partners and thousands of customers worldwide. Zarafa has a large footprint in government and the larger public sector, as well as hospitals, enterprises in retail and other verticals. Although its focus is on Europe, growth is catalyzed by the global ecosystem. One of the keys to our success is the Zarafa community. IT professionals all round the globe help make our software better by providing feedback, support and code contributions.
For more information, visit http://www.zarafa.com and https://community.zarafa.com.

Press contact Zarafa:
Mirjam Scholtes, Communication & PR Manager
Tel: +31 (0)15 2517710, M: +31 (0)6 55114984
E-mail: m.scholtes(at)zarafa.com
 
About Univention
Univention is the leading European provider of Open Source products for economic operation and efficient administration of IT infrastructure. The core offer is the Linux infrastructure solution Univention Corporate Server (UCS). UCS is a modern enterprise Linux distribution with integrated Open Source solution for identity and infrastructure management. It enables efficient and centrally controlled administration, even in demanding environments. The core product UCS is complemented by additional products for example for cross platform administration of thin clients, support of Linux desktops as well as an integrated solution for the virtualization for servers and desktops. Thanks to included connectors, the products integrate in existing environments, such as the Microsoft Active Directory, easily and allow for a fast migration. A large number of software companies offer packages, which are optimized for the use with UCS and, for example, integrate in the UCS management system. Therefore UCS is the Open Source integration platform for IT infrastructure operation and management.

Press contact:
Univention GmbH
Silvia Frank
E-mail: frank(at)univention.de
Mary-Somerville-Straße 1
28359 Bremen
Telephone: +49 421 22232 - 0
Fax: +49 421 22232 - 99
http://www.univention.de


        

        

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