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Whats the difference about Zimbra

Admin Benefits

* Complete Solution
o Native archiving capabilities
o Native discovery/cross mailbox search
o Native replication/disaster recovery (WAN optimized)
o Native hierarchical storage management (HSM)
* Server and Storage Consolidation
o Substantial reduction in managed storage - One copy of email & attachments per server (rather than one per user or one per storage group)
o Substantial increase in the number of users per CPU - Multi-level caching and optimization of underlying open source software (Linux File System, MySQL, Postfix, etc.)
* Lower-Overhead Management
o Easy installation and configuration
o On-line automated backup
o On-line, intelligent restore (single mailbox, point-in-time, etc.)
o Fast mailbox move
o Rich, secure, zero administration client
* Compatibility with existing infrastructure
o Client - Outlook, Mobile, IMAP, POP, iCalendar, RSS, etc.
o Directory - Active Directory/LDAP integration, provisioning support
o Messaging Server - Co-existence and migration tools (including Microsoft Exchange)
o Web services - Bi-directional integration with enterprise applications
* Security
o Web security model - Single sign-on, no VPN required
o Secured attachment opening and HTML rendering
o SpamAssassin and ClamAV included
o Compatibility with existing anti-spam/anti-virus (via Postfix & amavisd-new)
* Open solution
o Open source
o Open formats - One MIME message per file means Zimbra storage is not opaque to sys. admin. or operating system utilities

End-User Benefits

* Self-Organizing Mailboxes
o Powerful, fast search (including messages and attachments)
o Saved searches across folders
o Conversation management across folders
o Tags for automatic and hand categorization of messages
* Active Messaging™ - Extensible web services model for linking message content to applications (for mouse-over and click)
o Intranet - ERP, CRM, Support, Finance, HR, VoIP phone, etc.
o Internet - Google Maps, Skype, Travel, Package Tracking, etc.
o Messaging application - Access across email, contacts, calendar, etc. without switching context
* Any Place, Any Machine
o Zero footprint, rich AJAX Web client (cross browser/OS)
o Security sans VPN
o Secure, read-only access to attachments without special-purpose client software
o Wiki-based collaboration
* Freedom of Client Choice
o PC - Outlook (Online, Offline, Cached Mode), Apple Mail and iCal, Eudora, Evolution, Thunderbird/Sunbird, RSS, etc.
o Mobile - Wireless devices "over the air" synchronization sans special client software: Blackberry, Palm, Nokia, Motorola, Good, PocketPC, etc.

(Italics are used for Zimbra benefits currently planned for '06.)

Posted by Steve 2005-11-18