Hosting Companies and Open Source a "Match Made in Heaven"

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Open-Xchange CEO Presents at HostingCon on Open Source and SaaS

Hosting companies can leverage the value and functionality of open source software to bring enterprise-class applications to their customers -- "A Match Made in Heaven," according to Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange Inc., who will speak on the topic at the HostingCon event in Chicago next week.

"Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, mobile carriers, web hosting companies and service providers all have lots of experience running open source software. In fact, the whole Internet with its 150 million websites and 1.5 billion e-mail accounts is built with open source," says Laguna. "It has made the Internet what it is today."

The CEO of the leading provider of open source groupware asserts that hosting companies, telcos, and Internet companies can benefit from open source programs delivered in the SaaS (Software as a Service) model to their customers.

He speaks from experience with leading hosting providers -- led by Network Solutions (U. S.), 1&1 Internet (U.S. and Germany), JMF (Japan), OVH (France), and Hostpoint (Switzerland) -- providing full groupware solutions built on Open-Xchange open source software.

Open-Xchange offers email, calendar, contacts, tasks and document sharing to provide companies with all the tools needed to facilitate communication and efficient teamwork. Customers can improve communication and teamwork with simple, intuitive tools and intelligent features, such as smart links between calendar appointments, task lists, contacts, documents, bookmarks and knowledge articles.

What:    "SaaS and Open Source: A Match Made in Heaven"
When:    Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.
Where:    HostingCon -- Navy Pier, Chicago
More Info:    http://www.hostingcon.com/2008/attend/session-detail.php?id=131

About Open-Xchange Inc.
Open-Xchange Inc. is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source e-mail and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic institutions, and government authorities. Open-Xchange Hosting Edition enables web-hosting companies to provide an easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS). Internet service providers (ISPs), telcos and hosting providers, led by 1&1 Internet, deliver advanced email and groupware features through Open-Xchange Hosting Edition to millions of users. Open-Xchange Inc. is a privately-held company headquartered in Tarrytown, N.Y., with research, development, and operations in Olpe and Nuremberg, Germany. For more information, please visit http://www.open-xchange.com.

Contact: Bill Baker, Baker Communications Group, 860-350-9100, wbaker @ bakercg.com

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