Nuremberg, Germany – (The Hosting News) The Linux Magazine 20 Companies to Watch in 2009 list features vendors that are best positioned in the coming year to spur Linux and Open Source adoption while delivering on the immediate needs of the marketplace.

Rafael Laguna, the CEO of Open-Xchange remarked, ”Our open source collaboration software gives businesses an alternative to more costly proprietary offerings from Microsoft, Google, and others. By adding the software-as-a-service business model and technology, our business got a major boost with a quadrupling of paid mailboxes to 8.4 million in the past year.”

Built as open source software, Open-Xchange is an affordable alternative to commercial email/collaboration platforms like Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint providing an equivalent user experience with features like mobility support (iPhones, Blackberry), document sharing, shared calendars and shared address books. The simple, intuitive software facilitates effective teamwork by improved communications.

Bryan Richard, editor-in-chief, Linux Magazine noted, ”Open-Xchange enables its SaaS partners to offer a cloud-based messaging and collaboration solution that is based on open source and open standards, such as POP and IMAP for messaging, iCal for calendaring, and vCard for contacts.”

The Linux Magazine 20 Companies to Watch list features the vendors that are making a significant impact on the next-generation of Linux and Open Source adoption. Linux Magazine selects companies that have the ability to spur Open Source adoption in all facets of Information Technology, are technology and service innovators, and develop practical solutions for the Open Enterprise.

Open-Xchange is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source e-mail and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic institutions, and government authorities. The company provides on-premise versions called Open-Xchange Server Edition and Open-Xchange Appliance Edition, along with Open-Xchange Hosting Edition, which enables web hosting companies to provide an easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS). The Open-Xchange Hosting Edition is architected to integrate into a hosting provider’s existing infrastructure, such as authentication, provisioning, billing, and e-mail storage and does not require that these systems be replaced.

Open-Xchange Server is installed by more than 3,500 companies and organizations worldwide. Leading hosting providers, led by Network Solutions (U. S.), 1 and 1 Internet (Germany), JMF (Japan), OVH (France) and Hostpoint (Switzerland) provide more than 8 million users worldwide with hosted business-class e-mail, personal information management (PIM), and full groupware solutions built on Open-Xchange.

Open-Xchange AG is a privately-held company headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany with offices in Olpe, Germany and Tarrytown, N.Y.

To learn more about Open-Xchange AG, please visit: www.open-xchange.com.

For more information about The Linux Magazine, please visit: www.linux-mag.com.



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