August 11, 2006

Open-Xchange Joins Forces with SpikeSource

Sharon Smith writes "Smart Collaboration™ available on Spike tested and certified Red Hat and SUSE Linux Stacks

Tarrytown, NY, August 10, 2006 – Open-Xchange Inc., the leading provider of open source collaboration software (http://www.open-xchange.com), announced today that it has joined forces with SpikeSource, a leading provider of business ready open source solutions. SpikeSource is now offering Open-Xchange Server as a Spike™ Certified solution.

Open-Xchange Server 5 enables Smart Collaboration™ by providing mission critical collaborative functions like email, calendaring, contacts and task management - fully integrated with advanced groupware features such as Documail, Smart Linking, Smart Permissions, document sharing, project tracking, user forums, and a knowledge base. Open-Xchange Server 5 works with the widest variety of browsers, mobile devices and ‘rich clients' such as Microsoft Outlook. Open-Xchange Server 5 is now available as a SpikeCertified business ready solution.

"Ease of installation and ease of management are critical requirements of Open-Xchange’s customers.”, said Dan Kusnetzky, EVP Marketing for Open-Xchange. “Open-Xchange is excited to help SpikeSource offer Open-Xchange Server 5 as a SpikeCertified solution. By simplifying the integration and support of Linux; open source middleware such as Apache and Tom Cat; and business critical solutions, such as Open-Xchange Server 5; SpikeSource will help Open-Xchange’s customers reduce their overall costs of doing business.

"Businesses are in need of enterprise-class email, calendaring, contacts and task management software to improve employee efficiency,” said Joaquin Ruiz, VP of Marketing and Product Management, SpikeSource. “This agreement enables us to offer our customers affordable and easy-to-use collaboration solutions.”

Open-Xchange has customers in more than 60 countries since its launch in April 2005. Sales growth is particularly strong in German speaking countries, the United States and France. To date, Open-Xchange has recruited more than 600 partners in 45 countries.

About Open-Xchange Server

Open-Xchange Server 5 delivers twice the functionality of the typical collaboration server at half the price. It works with more browsers, PDA’s and rich clients. Unique features – such as Documail, the integration of document sharing and email, Smart Links, Smart Permissions, Universal Access – make it the most productive collaboration tool on the market. Organizations use Open-Xchange Server’s GUI-based administration module featuring Tiered Entitlement to implement role-based user management.

Open-Xchange Server 5 supports the two leading Enterprise Linux distributions, Red Hat and SUSE. Innovative connectors, OXtenders, enhance customer flexibility by using open standard APIs to integrate existing IT infrastructures, or extend capabilities to mobile devices, fax servers, back-up utilities, email archiving tools and Samba administration tools.

Launched in August 2004, Open-Xchange’s open source project is licensed under the General Public License for the software program and the Creative Commons, Attribution, Noncommercial, ShareAlike or CC:by-nc-sa for the digital content or Web Access Add-on. Open-Xchange Server is ranked #4 out of 358 groupware projects on the freshmeat.net website, #1 in document repositories, #4 in handhelds, and the #163 most popular overall project, out of more than 40,000 listed projects. The Open-Xchange community website, http://www.open-xchange.org, is visited by more than 200,000 unique visitors each month. On average, each month, the community version of Open-Xchange Server is downloaded more than 6,000 times. Open-Xchange Server 5 was awarded Best Open Source Solution at LinuxWorld Expo. The readers of ServerWatch awarded Open-Xchange Server best Messaging and Collaboration Solution.

About Open-Xchange Inc.

Open-Xchange Inc. develops and delivers reliable and scalable messaging and advanced collaboration solutions. Its flagship product, Open-Xchange Server, is the market-leading advanced collaboration server that combines best-of-breed open source software with commercial add-ons and connectors. Open-Xchange Inc. is headquartered in Tarrytown, NY, with research & development and operations concentrated in Olpe and Nuremberg, Germany. For more information, please visit www.open-xchange.com.

Contact

For Open-Xchange: Bill Peterson, PageOne PR, (508) 393-8551, bill@pageonepr.com

For SpikeSource: Alicia diVittorio, SparkPR, +1 415 321 1875"

Link: open-xchange.com

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