eBox Launches Linux Small Business Service for VARs, MSPs
The VAR Guy recently highlighted why Linux has failed to infiltrate small businesses. Now, eBox Technologies is the latest company hoping to change that fact. eBox, developer of a Linux small business server platform, is launching a subscription service for VARs serving SMBs and MSPs targeting larger customers. It sounds like the effort also involves Ubuntu Linux. Here are the details and some observations from our resident blogger.
First, let’s start with an observation: Despite Linux’s momentum in corporate data centers, VARs aren’t seeing much demand for the open source operating system in small businesses. Still, there are anecdotal signs of success — especially when it comes to Linux-based security appliances. And, of course, the rise of Google Android as a mobile device for many SMBs.
Here Comes eBox
Plus, new Linux efforts are coming. One example: eBox of Zaragoza, Spain is promoting a single solution that serves as a Network Gateway, Unified Threat Manager, Office Server, Infrastructure Manager and a Unified Communications Server. The company claims “all services [are] based on the same technology and fully integrated.”
The new eBox subscription service targets two audiences:
- Professional Subscription targets small businesses or Value Added Resellers with few or independent eBox Platform servers that need to be kept up-to-date and secured.
- An Enterprise Subscription aims for large businesses or Managed Service Providers that need to monitor and administer multiple eBox installations remotely.
eBox is speaking The VAR Guy’s language. By tailoring eBox messaging to VARs and MSPs, The VAR Guy wonders if eBox can succeed in the channel against more traditional options like Microsoft Small Business Server.
Admittedly, The VAR Guy never heard of eBox before today. But here are some interesting stats: eBox Platform development started in 2004, and it has roughly 40,000 active installations, eBox estimates. Oh, and eBox has been included in Ubuntu since 2007, the company adds.
For the moment, eBox has captured The VAR Guy’s attention. Now, can eBox capture the channel’s attention?