Nuremberg, Germany and Newburyport, Mass. (PRWEB) October 12, 2010
Open source companies Open-Xchange and eZuce, Inc. today announced a strategic collaboration that for the first time offers fully integrated open communications to address the evolving requirements of mid-size to large enterprises, institutes of higher education and government agencies.
Available on-premises or Communications-as-a-Service (CaaS), Open-Xchange and eZuce openUCTM feature voice, video, instant messaging, presence, conferencing, collaboration, unified messaging, e-mail, call center, calendar and task management, and smartphone support for enterprises with 50 to 10,000 users.
"This is a terrific opportunity to build on the Open-Xchange collaboration software," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "eZuce serves similar market segments with open voice and unified communications making us natural partners. We're already seeing a good reception with partners and customers who are interested in our add-on capabilities."
Through this strategic partnership, companies can maximize their IT investments, achieve an enhanced communications user experience, and realize significant cost savings compared to single-vendor vertically-integrated solutions. Open-Xchange and openUC ensure a going-forward migration strategy for their existing legacy IP PBX systems while leveraging their existing IT infrastructure to minimize capital expenditures.
"Combining our unified communications software with Open-Xchange makes it possible for enterprises to upgrade their existing legacy systems without compromising performance," said Martin Steinmann, CEO and co-founder of eZuce Inc. "Customers can protect their investment in existing IT solutions while advancing to next-generation collaboration tools without limiting their options from Microsoft or other single vendor solutions."
Both vendors employ an indirect business model whereby traditional reseller partners, system integrators, and managed service providers (MSPs) can oversee the installation, service, and support of these solutions on behalf of their customers. Enterprises will have access to the complete open communication and collaboration portfolio as on-premises solutions installed on the customer's own computers or via hosted managed services offered directly through the channel.
Open-Xchange is business-class open source e-mail and collaboration software with calendar, contact and task management and advanced groupware features such as information management and document sharing. With mobility support, users can have access to their data anywhere, anytime and with virtually any device.
openUC is a software only solution to enable CaaS as the platform for enterprise communication, including voice, video, instant messaging, presence, conferencing, collaboration, unified messaging, call center, and mobility.
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-premises 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 AG is a privately-held company headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany with offices in Olpe, Germany and Tarrytown, N.Y. For more information, please visit http://www.open-xchange.com.
eZuce, Inc. delivers open enterprise communications based on the standards established by the SIPfoundry community. It is the first company to provide a software only solution to enable Communications-as-a-Service as the platform for next-generation, open UC delivering a vastly improved user experience. For more information about eZuce, please visit our Web site at http://www.ezuce.com.
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