Losing An Open Source Friend
The VAR Guy had mixed emotions today when he heard Yahoo acquired Zimbra, a provider of open source email and collaboration software. Over the past year, Zimbra has been on The VAR Guy’s radar multiple times. Some service providers and universities have aggressively embraced Zimbra as a reliable, cost-effective alternative to Microsoft Exchange in recent years.
Will Yahoo accelerate — or derail — Zimbra’s momentum? Hmmm. Too early to say. But the following statement on Zimbra’s blog provides hope: “Partnering continues to be a very important pillar of Yahoo!’s strategy and this combination will have a renewed focus on partnerships across the globe including our 350+ VAR and hosting partners.”