MessageWire and Solar VPS Offer Less Expensive Alternative to Microsoft Exchange

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MessageWire, and its sister company Solar VPS, are making Open-Xchange business-class open source e-mail and collaboration software available to their customers and partners as a less expensive alternative to the established Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint offering.

MessageWire, established in 2008, provides hosted e-mail and collaboration solutions to small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs), as well as partners worldwide. Solar VPS, formed in 2005, provides SMBs with cost-effective, efficient and sustainable hosting solutions.

"Open-Xchange gives us an alternative high-quality offering that we can offer at approximately half the cost of hosted Microsoft collaboration software," said Ross Brouse, CEO of MessageWire and Solar VPS. "We provide our customers with hosted e-mail, anti-spam, archiving and compliance, as well as support for mobile access which, of course, is up and available 24x7 to meet their needs. Now, they'll have a choice of our Microsoft branded offering, or Open-Xchange alternative which will be especially attractive in price sensitive situations."

As a partner and user of Parallels Automation software, MessageWire and Solar VPS are able to easily add Open-Xchange software and easily integrate it into the existing infrastructure without changing the existing authentication, user setup, system administration, provisioning and billing systems. Open-Xchange Hosting Edition is the only groupware specifically designed to meet the needs of SaaS (Software as a Service) providers.

"We believe MessageWire and Solar VPS gain competitive advantage and have the opportunity to significantly grow profitability," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "In addition, adding the Open-Xchange alternative can help solidify relationships with existing customers, increase average revenue per user and attract new customers, as well."

Open-Xchange software integrates e-mail, calendar, contact and task management with advanced groupware features such as information management and document sharing. Users' productivity is enhanced through unique teamwork features, like team view, single-password document sharing, and shared calendars, contacts, tasks and documents. With mobility support, users can have access to their data anywhere, anytime and with virtually any device.

About MessageWire
MessageWire is a partner-driven Hosted Services company with a focus on white label resellers and sales agents. MessageWire empowers partners with intelligent growth strategies by combining a multilayer sales approach with a commitment to personal partner relationships. In addition to its partner program, MessageWire also offers its services directly to end-users. Among the services offered by MessageWire are Hosted Exchange, Wireless synchronization for Blackberry, iPhone and Windows Mobile devices, Email Archiving and Compliance, Antispam/Antivirus and Mail Continuity and group collaboration software. For more information, visit

About Solar VPS
Solar VPS was formed in early 2005 to provide small- and medium-size businesses with cost-effective, efficient and sustainable hosting solutions and, in particular, virtual private servers. The company provides customers worldwide with technical support 24 x 7 x 365. It has five data centers in the U.S. and the U.K. More information can be found at

About Open-Xchange
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).

Open-Xchange AG is a privately-held company headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany with offices in Olpe, Germany and Tarrytown, N.Y. For more information, visit


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