Old-School SUSE Executives Take Over Open-Xchange
Two of pre-Novell SUSE's top executives are taking the open-source groupware company Open-Xchange.Open-Xchange, a German open-source groupware company with long ties to SUSE Linux, is changing its top management team. Rafael Laguna, who played a major role in merging SUSE with Novell, is now Open-Xchange's president and CEO. And former SUSE CEO Richard Seibt is now OX's chairman of the board. While at SUSE, Laguna and Seibt worked closely together and are widely credited for helping SUSE's transformation into one of the world's major Linux distributors.
At OX, Laguna plans to continue the business's recent shift to SAAS (software-as-a-service). In a Linux-Watch interview, Laguna said, "With our SAAS strategy OX chose an indirect sales model by selling the software to Web site hosters, telcos and enterprise service providers. Among our customers are 1&1, the world's largest Web hoster, and OVH and Hostpoint, the largest hosters of France and Switzerland, respectively."