Open-Xchange Offers Free Trial of Collaboration Software

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-09-20 Print this article Print

The move is an attempt by Open-Xchange to drive adoption of its open-source collaboration software.

More than a year after its release, the commercial edition of the Open-Xchange Server 5 software is now available for a free 30-day trial. The move is an attempt by Open-Xchange to drive adoption of its open-source collaboration software.
It follows requests from the companys worldwide network of partners, who hope it will help organizations realize the potential benefits of the software, Dan Kusnetzky, Open-Xchanges executive vice president for marketing and corporate strategy, said Sept. 19.
"The 30-day trial makes it easy for organizations to evaluate Open-Xchange Server 5 and see why the product has attracted customers in more than 60 countries since its launch," he said. But the software, which was released commercially in April 2005, is not meant to be used in full production, but rather for testing and evaluation. At the end of the trial period, the user must either buy a license for the software or remove it. Open-Xchange Server is the engine behind Novells SUSE Linux Openexchange Server and is a modular, standards-based communications server with a WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) interface. It can work with both open-source and proprietary e-mail and groupware servers and clients. The Open-Xchange Server 5 commercial edition supports the two leading enterprise Linux distributions, Red Hat and SUSE, and also works with a range of browsers, mobile devices and rich clients like Microsoft Outlook. The software includes an installation tool, a graphical administration module and documentation including user and administration manuals for the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 environments. Click here to read eWEEK Labs review of Open-Xchange Server 5. Pricing for Open-Xchange Server 5, which is available from the company directly or through its partner network, starts at $389 for the small business suite, with the advanced server edition coming in at $1,095. The Red Hat bundle starts at $1,495, while the Novell/SUSE bundle is $1,519. Both bundles include 25 named users, installation support, Outlook and Palm connectors, and a one-year subscription to the vendors enterprise Linux offering. Connectors, known as OXtenders, enhance customer flexibility by using open standard APIs to integrate existing IT infrastructures, or extend capabilities to mobile devices, fax servers, backup utilities, e-mail archiving tools and Samba administration tools, Kusnetzky said. The Outlook OXtender and Palm OXtender, which are also available for 30-day free trials, require registration, after which users will be given a 30-day access key to Open-Xchanges maintenance portal, where the OXtenders can be downloaded. The e-mail, calendaring, contacts and task management features of Open-Xchange Server 5 are fully integrated with groupware features such as Documail, Smart Linking, Smart Permissions, document sharing, project tracking, user forums, and a knowledge base, he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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