(Gawkwire.com) Open-Xchange recently announced at CloudConf 2010 Moscow a partnership with Softline to resell on-premises and hosted Open-Xchange.
Softline expands its portfolio with Open-Xchange and now can sell it to enterprises, educational institutions and government authorities of all sizes. Softline now can offer customers either: Open-Xchange hosted by Softline; or on-premises installed and run on the customer’s own computers – and the ability to switch between the types of operation at any time.
“Both on-premises and hosted Open-Xchange use exactly the same software code. This is unique in the entire software industry as it provides our customers with unmatched freedom to choose their favorite deployment model any time they like – with no migration effort,” said Anton Salov, head of Softcloud. “While small- and medium-size enterprises tend to benefit from groupware technology deployed as SaaS (Software as a Service) without an initial investment, or on-going administration, larger organizations mostly prefer to integrate their communication solutions into an existing IT infrastructure and run it in-house.”
Softline will offer Open-Xchange through Softline’s new SaaS marketplace called “Softcloud,” which provides maximum data security for white label partners and end users. Softline hosts the server hardware in secure, professional data centers and takes care of performance, scalability, system maintenance, security updates and support. In the SaaS model, customers subscribe to applications, typically on a monthly basis, versus purchasing them. The end user does not need to invest in hardware and software, nor does it require its own staff for the installation and administration of Open-Xchange.
Also Softline provides on-premises collaboration solutions using Open-Xchange´s Server Editions as lower cost alternatives to Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange and SharePoint. Open-Xchange´s on-premises products – available as an out-of-the-box software appliance for SMBs or Open-Xchange Server Edition for larger enterprises – can be easily integrated into existing Microsoft-based environments, thereby ensuring that Microsoft Active Directory can be kept with no changes.
“We are looking forward to extending our sales into growing markets in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia, partnering with Softline, the leading software reseller in Russia and CIS,” said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. “Softline is another great example of how innovative reseller partners extend their existing software licensing business.”
Open-Xchange groupware provides the basis for efficient teamwork. It combines e-mail, appointment, contact and task management with intelligent document management. Open-Xchange recently introduced an innovative groupware concept called “Social OX,” which can aggregate e-mail from Google, Yahoo and many others into a folder in Open-Xchange, plus automatically add and incorporate contact details from social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Xing to the Open-Xchange address book. To simplify teamwork and project work with external business partners, Open-Xchange can share contacts, calendar information and documents securely outside the enterprise and those users do not require an Open-Xchange account.

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