I really like Zimbra’s collaboration suite. I remember looking into Zimbra, amongst others, a few years ago when I decided to investigate what alternatives corporate Microsoft Exchange users had if they chose not to follow the MS Exchange road map.
At the time many of the alternatives available on the market lacked mobility, archiving and Outlook integration. These were some of the criteria at the time.
The lack of functionality is no longer the case. Zimbra now supports true push to Blackberry devices and also incorporates archiving and discovery. The reality of moving from a Microsoft server platform is becoming reality.
Having said all that, look a little harder at the corporate level and you’ll see that Zimbra is owned by Yahoo and there is a possibility that this could all fall under a Microsoft brand in the future. So what will become of Zimbra or indeed Exchange (which incidental is in need of a serious overall from the ground up)?
I can’t wait, but I fear we will all have to.