Zimbra Collaboration Suite Is a Server for Organizations
It’s an email and calendar server plus much more; think about it like a next-generation Microsoft Exchange server. In addition to email and calendar, it provides document storage and editing, instant messaging, and simplified administrative controls all in an award winning webmail user interface built with the latest AJAX web technology. ZCS also provides mobility and syncs to desktop client applications; the server is deployed on commodity Linux and Mac server hardware.
There are several versions of ZCS to choose from:
ZCS Open Source Edition (free)
ZCS Network Edition
ZCS hosted email by Adamant System
Zimbra Can Be Hosted Email for Organizations
For IT professionals and administrators looking to get out of the business of hosting mail and calendar on-premises for their organization, Zimbra hosted may be the solution for you. Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) is designed for multi-tenancy and re-branding so it is ideal as an email hosting solution.
Zimbra has many authorized partners who host ZCS and provide a multitude of business email hosting solutions worldwide. Our partners can provide many additional feature options, assist with migrations, and provide integrations with other hosted applications of your choice.
Zimbra Is an Open Source Software Community
The Zimbra team uses an open source software development methodology. That means we use many proven and highly web-scalable open source components as building blocks in Zimbra Collaboration Suite and Zimbra Desktop. There are several major benefits to this approach:
Time is spent innovating, not re-inventing the wheel
Faster product maturation and more features
Our code is freely available to the community to use, review and modify
Key to Zimbra’s success is the vast community of over 20,000 developers and IT professionals who help make the product better by providing feedback, support and code contributions. They are active in the Zimbra Forums and Wiki, with about half using Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) Open Source Edition (available for free) and half using ZCS Network Edition. The community is a great place for getting Zimbra tips; you can easily find free expert help for all our products there.
Zimbra, the company, was started in 2004 by a small group of like-minded people who believed traditional email was “broken” and good collaboration tools were not accessible to most organizations cost-effectively (here is the original whitepaper). Five years later Zimbra has grown into a movement with millions of users worldwide.
Today Zimbra is a division of VMware operating independently to deliver world-class experiences to our customers in education, businesses and enterprises as well as to consumers via VMware and our other service provider customers.
Zimbra Desktop Is an Email Client for Individual End-Users
Many ask the questions, “How can I get the Zimbra experience if I do not have a Zimbra Collaboration Suite email account?” or “Is there a way to use the Zimbra AJAX web interface offline like I can with Outlook or Thunderbird?” The answer is Zimbra Desktop, a downloadable application for Windows, Mac and Linux computers that lets you read any email account (you don’t have to be a Zimbra customer), all in a Zimbra look-and-feel. It works even when you are not online (a handy trick on airplanes).
Zimbra Desktop can be compared to Mozilla Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook, and combines the best qualities of these email clients. In addition to providing you a great Zimbra experience it:
Manages email, contacts, calendar, files and documents
Works with any POP / IMAP email account
Automatically syncs Zimbra, Yahoo! and Google email, contacts, and calendars