October 6, 2009

Lower Cost Alternative to Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint Aimed at Education, Public Sector, SMBs



Open-Xchange and Univention Deliver Integrated Groupware and Administration


NUREMBERG, Germany, October 6, 2009 – Open-Xchange, the leading provider of open source groupware, announced the availability of Open-Xchange Server Edition for Univention Corporate Server (OX SE for UCS) as a lower cost alternative to Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange and Sharepoint for educational institutions, public administrations and small- and medium-size businesses.


Combining Open-Xchange Server Edition with the Univention Corporate Server significantly reduces administrative costs and makes it easy to integrate into existing IT infrastructure. User rights/permissions and groups can be easily and centrally managed. In addition, printers, Windows, Mac OS X and Linux clients can be centrally administered with Web-based management tools.


"We’re providing a turnkey solution as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange in a maintained open source server infrastructure – with the ability to keep technologies like Microsoft Active Directory at the same time," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "We’re delivering function that goes beyond the Microsoft Server and Microsoft Exchange stacks for lower cost."


"Open-Xchange is proven and successful with large hosting customers," said Peter H. Ganten, founder and CEO of Univention GmbH. "This represents another step in our vision to offer more organizations the ideal, open and cost-effective alternative to widespread proprietary systems.”


Open-Xchange groupware provides e-mail, calendar, contact, document and task management in an integrated application. Open-Xchange makes communication easier and team work more efficient. All data is presented clearly and can be edited quickly using the intuitive AJAX-based web interface. Alternatively, Microsoft Outlook on Windows and the applications Mail, Address Book and iCal on Mac OS X can be used, as well.


OXSE for UCS includes capabilities for centralized management of servers, workstations, desktops and services, including systems and software monitoring and software distribution —even in different locations. It enables the LDAP directory and Microsoft Active Directory to be used in parallel.


Pricing and availability

OX SE for UCS is available now through Open-Xchange and Univention partners. A one-year software subscription for OX SE for UCS including updates, patches and security fixes for 25 users is $2,628.75 for the first year. Cost for each additional user is $84 in the first year. For additional years, the software subscription cost is 25 percent of the first year. Also available are support offerings with different service level agreements.


About Open-Xchange

Open-Xchange is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source e-mail and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic institutions, and government authorities. The company provides on-premise versions called Open-Xchange Server Edition and Open-Xchange Appliance Edition, along with Open-Xchange Hosting Edition, which enables web hosting companies to provide an easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS). The Open-Xchange Hosting Edition is architected to integrate into a hosting provider’s existing infrastructure, such as authentication, provisioning, billing, and e-mail storage and does not require that these systems be replaced.


Open-Xchange AG is a privately-held company headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany with offices in Olpe, Germany and Tarrytown, N.Y. For more information, please visit www.open-xchange.com.

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