August 11, 2005

Series of announcements from Open-Xchange

PRESS RELEASES - open-xchange writes "Former SUSE/Novell Product Management Director Joins Open-Xchange Inc.

Brings Extensive Linux, Enterprise Marketing Experience
To the Leader in Open Source Groupware

TARRYTOWN, NY, August 9, 2005 – Open-Xchange Inc. announced that Oliver Nachtrab, most recently director of product management for SUSE Linux, a Novell Business, has joined the company as vice president, business development & marketing, responsible for product strategy, marketing, PR and technology alliances.

Nachtrab joined the marketing group at SUSE in 2002, after several years with high tech companies in Germany. He led the product management and marketing efforts for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 – resulting in year over year growth of the product of more than 100 percent.

“We are thrilled to have Oliver join us,” said Frank Hoberg, CEO of Open-Xchange. “His experience with SUSE gives him great understanding of Linux and of our product as well. His most recent experiences with Novell and with global alliances and value-added resellers have given him broad insights into global business strategy – we welcome his expertise.”

“Open-Xchange has an opportunity to change the collaboration landscape – not just as a product, but as the way the world does business. What could be more exciting than to be part of that?” said Nachtrab. “As Open Source operating systems have already grown from small business to enterprise-oriented, Open-Xchange Server will follow that path closely.”

About Open-Xchange

Open-Xchange enables easy migration and integration to an open source environment – allowing IT administrators to create and implement killer-apps without changing existing infrastructure components, i.e. databases, directory services, message transfer agents, e-mail servers or web-servers. End users can keep their favorite mail and groupware client -- most often Outlook, but also open source clients such as Kontact.

Open-Xchange offers a new solution to an age-old problem with its innovative OXtender. Developed to published Internet standards using open source APIs and interface extensions, OXtender integrates simply and efficiently into an existing IT infrastructure. If desired, the OXtender can even be extended by ISVs to provide fax, VoIP, or CRM solutions, for example. Extension, for SAMBA, Wiki or more exotic uses, is also possible through the creativity of the Open Source community where OXtender originated.

About Open-Xchange Inc.

Based in Tarrytown, NY, Open-Xchange Inc. (www.open-xchange.com) is the world’s leading Linux-based groupware, collaboration, and messaging provider. Open-Xchange’s flagship product, Open-Xchange Server, comes in a free open source version, OX 0.8, and a commercial version, Open-Xchange 5.0. Netline Internet Service GmbH, based in Germany, has been developing java-based, three-tier web applications since 1996 and continues to be the contract developer of Open-Xchange. Netline also provides the core collaboration engine for SUSE LINUX Openexchange."

open-xchange writes "Open-Xchange Inc. Releases Free Migration Tool
For SUSE LINUX Openexchange Users

SLOX2OXtender Enables Smooth Migration to Open-Xchange Server 5
On Red Hat Enterprise Server or Novell’s SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server

TARRYTOWN, NY, August 9, 2005 – Open-Xchange Inc. announced today a free migration tool for current SUSE LINUX Openexchange users to upgrade to Open-Xchange Server 5, the industry’s first fully supported, modular, platform agnostic open-source collaboration platform.

Open-Xchange enables easy migration and integration to an open source environment – allowing IT administrators to create and implement killer-apps without changing existing infrastructure components, i.e. databases, directory services, message transfer agents, e-mail servers or web-servers. End users can keep their favorite mail and groupware client -- most often Outlook, but also open source clients such as KDE Kontact.

SLOX2OXtender enables smooth migration from Novell’s SUSE LINUX Openexchange to Open-Xchange Server 5 on either Red Hat Enterprise Server or Novell’s SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server. Customers can see results of the new tool at Linux World Expo in San Francisco, beginning August 9 at the Open-Xchange booth number 453.

“This tool helps our customers to cost-effectively adopt Open-Xchange Server 5 as their collaboration platform of choice,” said Frank Hoberg, CEO of Open-Xchange. “With the recent introduction of our product on Red Hat, plus our continued support for Novell SUSE LINUX, we are providing customers exactly what they said they wanted - the power of Open-Xchange without being tied to a single distribution.”

About the SLOX2OXtender Migration Tool

SLOX2OXtender migrates users, groups, aliases, resources, e-mail, and mail folders from SUSE LINUX Openexchange to Open-Xchange Server 5. In addition, the tool can migrate all documents, bookmarks, forums and bulletin board/pinboard information.

The migration process is divided into two parts. First, all of the information is saved in a neutral format to be copied to the target system. The target system requires a SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 installation and a running Open-Xchange Server. Second, SLOX2OXtender is triggered and transfers all the files to the new Open-Xchange Server.

The former iSLOXfolders and the content of this folder as well as appointments, contacts and tasks will be changed during the migration process because of a different permissions handling subsystem. The system administrator has several options on how to handle these changes.

About Open-Xchange

Open-Xchange Server, the technology behind Novell's award-winning SUSE LINUX Openexchange Server, maintains the same architecture, but with added and enhanced features in a more flexibly designed, platform-agnostic package.

Open-Xchange enables users to store appointments, contacts, tasks, emails, bookmarks, documents -- and many more elements -- and share them with other users. This environment can be accessed via any web browser – as well as multiple fat clients like Outlook, Palm, KDE Kontact, Apple’s iCAL, Konqueror, Mozilla Calendar, and more.

Third party products -- open source or proprietary -- can access Open-Xchange through various interfaces such as WebDAV (XML), LDAP, iCal, and HTTP/S. Open-Xchange is based on open source daemons and services: a web (HTTP/S) server (like Apache), a servlet engine (like Tomcat), a database (like PostgreSQL), a directory server (like OpenLDAP), and a mail (both SMTP and IMAP) server (like Postfix using Cyrus); just to list a few.

The administration framework is implemented using XML-RPC (Remote Procedure Calls). Additional XML-based APIs, and support for common open standards such as ICAL, VCARD and VTODO will help developers access the core modules.

Availability

The SLOX2OXtender migration tool will be released in September. Open-Xchange partners will get the tool free of charge and can perform the migration for their customers.

About Open-Xchange Inc.

Based in Tarrytown, NY, Open-Xchange Inc. (www.open-xchange.com) is the world’s leading Linux-based groupware, collaboration, and messaging provider. Open-Xchange’s flagship product, Open-Xchange Server, comes in a free open source version, OX 0.8, and a commercial version, Open-Xchange 5.0. Netline Internet Service GmbH, based in Germany, has been developing java-based, three-tier web applications since 1996 and continues to be the contract developer of Open-Xchange. Netline also provides the core collaboration engine for SUSE LINUX Openexchange."

Open-Xchange writes "Open-Xchange Inc. Releases Open-Source Collaboration Server Optimized for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Open-Xchange Server 5 Brings Commercial Support, Maintenance and Connectors
To Leading Linux Operating Environment

TARRYTOWN, NY, August 9, 2005 –Open-Xchange Inc. announced today the availability of Open-Xchange 5 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Open-Xchange 5 is the industry’s first fully supported, modular, platform agnostic open-source collaboration platform.

Open-Xchange enables easy migration and integration to an open source environment – allowing IT administrators to create and implement killer-apps without changing existing infrastructure components, i.e. databases, directory services, message transfer agents, e-mail servers or web-servers. End users can keep their favorite mail and groupware client -- most often Outlook, but also open source clients such as Kontact. Customers can see a demonstration of the new solution at Linux World Expo in San Francisco, beginning August 9 at the Open-Xchange booth number 453.

“By providing a supported Open-Xchange on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, customers now have real platform choices when it comes to deploying enterprise installations -- and this is what customers want: choice,” said Frank Hoberg, CEO of Open-Xchange, “It’s exciting to be able to offer Open-Xchange on the world’s leading Linux platform.”

The functionality offered by Open-Xchange Server 5 includes all that is available in the open-source Open-Xchange Server 0.8, with the addition of:

· Significantly enhanced Microsoft Outlook and Palm connectors (compared to SUSE LINUX Openexchange Server predecessor connectors to SLOX):

  • Shared folders
  • Distribution lists
  • Documents attached to specific objects
  • Microsoft Outlook categories compatibility
  • Synchronization with .pst files
  • On-line and off-line functionality
  • A web interface for administrators
  • Enhanced web interfaces to set up user preferences
  • Web-based contextual on-line help for users
  • Administrator and user manuals
  • Five years of guaranteed maintenance
  • Maintenance with update and upgrade protection for server modules and connectors
  • Standard service and support offerings for installation

About Open-Xchange

Open-Xchange Server, the engine behind Novell's award-winning SUSE LINUX Openexchange Server, maintains the same architecture, but with added and enhanced features in a more flexibly designed, platform-agnostic package.

Open-Xchange enables users to store appointments, contacts, tasks, emails, bookmarks, documents -- and many more elements -- and share them with other users. This environment can be accessed via any web browser – as well as multiple fat clients like Outlook, Palm, KDE Kontact, Apple’s iCAL, Konqueror, Mozilla Calendar, and more.

Third party products -- open source or proprietary -- can access Open-Xchange through various interfaces such as WebDAV (XML), LDAP, iCal, and HTTP/S. Open-Xchange is based on open source daemons and services: a web (HTTP/S) server (like Apache), a servlet engine (like Tomcat), a database (like PostgreSQL), a directory server (like OpenLDAP), and a mail (both SMTP and IMAP) server (like Postfix using Cyrus); just to list a few.

The administration framework is implemented using XML-RPC (Remote Procedure Calls). Additional XML-based APIs, and support for common open standards such as ICAL, VCARD and VTODO will help developers access the core modules.

Pricing and Availability

Open-Xchange Server 5 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 4 is available immediately at www.Open-Xchange.com and through a list of select partners.

Open-Xchange Server 5 Small Business Server Edition (5-25 users) – including one-year maintenance, administration interfaces, initial installation support, Outlook and Palm connectors and a five-year guarantee, is $295 for the first five users. An annual maintenance subscription fee for additional users is $25 per user.

Open-Xchange Server 5 Advanced Server Edition (25+ users) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux – including one-year maintenance, administration interfaces, initial installation support, Outlook and Palm connectors and a five-year guarantee is $850. An annual maintenance subscription fee for additional users is $25 per user.

About Open-Xchange Inc.

Based in Tarrytown, NY, Open-Xchange Inc. (www.Open-Xchange.com) is the world’s leading Linux-based groupware, collaboration, and messaging provider. Open-Xchange’s flagship product, Open-Xchange Server, comes in a free open source version, OX 0.8, and a commercial version, Open-Xchange 5.0. Olpe, Germany-based Netline Internet Service has been developing java-based, three-tier web applications since 1996 and continues to be the contract developer of Open-Xchange. Netline also provides the core collaboration engine for SUSE LINUX Open-Xchange Server. Netline is also a licensed reseller of Open-Xchange Inc."

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