VMware Image Simplifies Zarafa Groupware Deployment

Microsoft Exchange, an essential component of many IT environments, has long been a thorn in the side of system administrators who would like to consider open source alternatives to proprietary software. But Zarafa, an open source groupware platform, is rapidly emerging as a formidable alternative to Exchange. And it’s now easier than ever to deploy, with the release of official VMware images. Read on for details.
These days, open source software gets along pretty well with its proprietary competitors. LibreOffice can read and write Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Office files, for instance, and Linux hosts now can easily integrate into Microsoft Active Directory environments via bridge software such as that developed by Centrify and Beyond Trust.
But when it comes to Microsoft Exchange, open source typically hasn’t fared so well. Most open source email clients that claim to be able to integrate with Exchange do so imperfectly, and replacing Exchange altogether with an open source alternative traditionally has been difficult because there were few good options.
Zarafa: Stretching the Limits of Open Source
That’s why Zarafa, an open source groupware platform developed by the company of the same name, is so important. Designed as a full replacement for Exchange, the Zarafa Collaboration Platform offers email,

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