October 17, 2008

Open Source SaaS Collaboration Solution Provides Push Email and Cloud-Based Mobile Sync for 1.5 Billion Smartphones and Feature Phones

Open-Xchange and Funambol Partner to Provide Mobile Email and PIM Sync for Popular HandsetsTARRYTOWN, N.Y., and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 15, 2008 - Users of iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and other mobile phones will be able to easily receive push email and synchronize with contacts, calendar and other information on their desktops using open source software from Open-Xchange, the leading provider of open source collaboration software, and Funambol, the leader of open source push email and mobile sync.

The Funambol connector for Open-Xchange Hosting Edition enables push email and mobile sync of contacts, calendars and tasks with virtually all common wireless phones on the market. Funambol supports more than 1.5 billion devices, including BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Android, Java ME and SyncML-capable handsets.

"After thoroughly researching the market, the combination of Open-Xchange and Funambol resonated as the solution we were looking for," said Oliver Mauss, CEO of 1&1 Internet Inc. "We believe in the success of Software as a Service, especially at small and medium-sized businesses. As Open-Xchange and Funambol could be seamlessly integrated into our open source infrastructure at 1&1, we will continue to offer innovative products and services at disruptive pricing."

The company deployed a hosted business email and collaboration service including push email, called 1&1 MailXchange, which is based on Open-Xchange and Funambol in the U.S., UK, and Germany in the past 12 months.

Open-Xchange Hosting Edition offers the full set of PIM (personal information manager) functionality - email, calendaring, contacts and task management - together with advanced groupware features such as Documail and Smart Document Sharing. The solution delivers valuable functionality for small businesses and individuals, enabling them to work remotely by providing low-cost communication and collaboration via the Internet cloud.
Leading SaaS providers like 1&1 Internet are using the joint Open-Xchange Hosting Edition and Funambol push email and sync solution to enable mass market mobile teamwork.

"Business users and consumers want easy-to-use mobile messaging and collaboration capabilities such as personal information management services, on all the devices they use, anywhere, anytime, at a reasonable cost," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "Our work with Funambol combines leading open source technologies to drive the latest SaaS innovation for small and medium enterprise (SME) users."

"The tandem of Open-Xchange Hosting Edition and Funambol provides an open source Mobile'We' for the rest of us," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "Beyond just working on the iPhone, it also supports the most popular smart phones, including the BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Android, and common feature phones. This enables everyone in the workplace to have push email and mobile sync for low cost."

Using open source software facilitates integration within the SaaS providers' back-end email systems. Open-Xchange provides high performance and reliability while delivering greater scalability than similar licensed solutions. Moreover, Open-Xchange's and Funambol's open standards and APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) enable a seamless integration into SaaS providers' business processes, such as user provisioning, systems management and billing processes.

About Funambol
Funambol is the leading provider of open source push email and mobile sync for the mass market. Funambol open source software has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times by 50,000 developers and project participants in 200 countries. The commercial version of Funambol has been deployed at service providers, mobile operators, portals, device manufacturers and ISVs including companies such as AOL, 1&1, Earthlink and CA, Inc. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, California with an R&D center in Italy. For more information, please visit www.funambol.com.

About Open-Xchange Inc.
Open-Xchange Inc. is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source email and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic institutions, and government authorities. Open-Xchange Hosting Edition 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 email storage and does not require that these systems be replaced.

To date, Open-Xchange has grown to more than 8 million paid mailboxes this year (a 4 times increase from last year) as a result of deals with 1&1 - the
#1 hosting company worldwide; Network Solutions - the #3 hosting company in the U.S.; OVH - the #1 hosting company in France; Hostpoint - the #1 hosting company in Switzerland.

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

Link: open-xchange.com


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