VMware Buys Zimbra

One of my favorite companies, VMware… has bouight one of my favorite e-mail platforms… the Open Source Web Based e-mail system, Zimbra!

VMware’s Zimbra Buy All About Simplicity

“Continuing on its mission to bring greater simplicity to users of its cloud platform, VMware has announced its agreement to acquire Zimbra, a provider of e-mail and collaboration software, from Yahoo. In a Jan. 12 blog post on the move, Steve Herrod, chief technology officer at VMware, likened the company’s acquisition of Zimbra to its acquisition of SpringSource last August, saying it is all about simplification. SpringSource simplifies enterprise Java application development, and Zimbra simplifies the deployment of IT services. The acquisition is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2010. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Herrod mentioned Zimbra’s 55 million users and praised Zimbra’s open-source e-mail, calendaring and collaboration software. He also described how Zimbra can help VMware simplify IT, noting that Zimbra was one of the more popular downloads on VMware’s virtual appliance marketplace. According to Herrod, virtual appliances are virtual machines prepopulated with an operating system and applications that can be downloaded and easily started without installation and with minimal configuration.”

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