French Hosting Provider to Deliver Collaboration as Software-as-a-Service
NUREMBERG, Germany, and COURBEVOIE, France, November 18, 2009 – Open-Xchange, the leading provider of business-class open source collaboration software, announced today an agreement with Nexen – Alter Way Hosting, the French leader in open source web hosting to offer hosted e-mail and collaboration.
Hosting customers of Nexen – Alter Way Hosting will get both Open-Xchange webmail and PIM (Personal Information Management) at no additional charge with an option to move to full groupware, as well as support for mobile devices.
Nexen – Alter Way Hosting is part of Alter Way and has a sister company, Alter Way Solutions, which is the system integrator unit. Alter Way Solutions has experience with a series of successful on-premise Open-Xchange implementations in the French market and was named for three consecutive years by Open-Xchange as “Best integrator of the year.“ Based on its experience, Alter Way decided to expand its Open-Xchange offerings with a hosted solution provided by Nexen – Alter Way Hosting. This gives small- and medium-size business in France the option to select either hosted Open-Xchange delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), or a traditional on-premise installation.
”Nexen – Alter Way Hosting and Alter Way Solutions are excellent examples of how our partners benefit from the Open-Xchange technology and business model,“ said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. “Both on-premise and hosted Open-Xchange use the same software code, which gives partners freedom to choose either deployment model. We’ve found that SaaS enables small- and medium-size enterprises to benefit from groupware technology without an initial investment or on-going administration, which translates into cost savings.“
Open-Xchange software integrates e-mail, calendar, contact and task management with advanced groupware features such as information management and document sharing. Productivity is enhanced through unique teamwork features, like team view, single-password document sharing, and shared calendars, contacts, tasks and documents.
“SaaS is a great business model for system integrators and service providers because it provides an additional source of recurring revenues, along with a tight customer linkage,“ said
Christophe Ballihaut, CEO of Nexen - Alter Way Hosting. “We are seeing amazing market uptake on our hosted Open-Xchange offering sold as SaaS as we are the first provider in the French market to deliver exciting new features like Social OX for integrating social network data, as well as the OXtender for Business Mobility, which gives small businesses and individuals a cost-effective solution to facilitate work remotely.“
Open-Xchange is installed by more than 3,500 companies and organizations worldwide with the Open-Xchange Hosting Edition used by more than 15 million people worldwide as hosted business-class e-mail, along with personal information management (PIM) and full groupware.
About Alter Way
Alter Way provides four key services: consulting (Alter Way Consulting), training (Anaska - Alter Way Formation), integration and professional services (Alter Way Solutions) and hosting with added value (Nexen - Alter Way Hosting). Alter Way covers the main needs of IT: CMS, ECM, e-trade, CRM, business intelligence, job application, mailing, systems and network management. For more information, visit www.alterway.fr.
Nexen - Alter Way Hosting is the leading provider in design, engineering and hosting of open source web technologies in France. The company provides a complete range of high-performance and secured hosting solutions with LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) architecture. Find out more by visiting www.nexenservices.com.
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.