VMware Channel Set to Attack Microsoft Exchange On Aug. 1

VMware is preparing to attack Microsoft Exchange across the IT channel. The strategy calls for VMware’s channel partners to begin selling Zimbra — an open source email system — starting on Aug. 1, 2010. Here are the details, which The VAR Guy confirmed at HostingCon.

First, the back story: VMware acquired Zimbra from Yahoo in January 2010. By March 2010, VMware was describing plans for the VMware channel to sell Zimbra as well as forthcoming Zimbra appliances, as noted in this FastChat Video:

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