Just in Time for VMware Partner Exchange 2011: Zimbra 7
VMware has released the latest version of Zimbra 7 to the masses and with it comes a slew of new features and tools designed to enhance the user experience and lighten the load for IT admins — two things The VAR Guy is always happy to see. And with the VMware Partner Exchange 2011 conference happening this week in Orlando, The VAR Guy also thinks the timing of the updated offering is just right. Read on for the details …
First up, the feature set: The VAR Guy noticed Zimbra 7 — which includes Zimbra Collaboration Server 7 (formerly Zimbra Collaboration Suite) and beta versions of VMware Zimbra Desktop 7 and VMware Zimbra Appliance 7 — has some much-requested updates including:
- File Sharing – Zimbra's Briefcase eliminates the need for re-sending and re-duplicating files via e-mail
- Enhanced Collaboration – People Search features automatic pairing with org charts, seating charts and a smart inbox that automatically detects calendar dates for both a recipient and the person sending out an invite to show availability
- Admin Benefits – Administrators can have multiple management and delegation levels, along with list management
- iPad Optimized – Web client now takes advantage of screen real estate
- Better Authentication – SSO, OpenID, SAML and Kerberos are now supported
- User Recovery – Users now can dig up their own deleted content without needed admin help
VMware's John Robb, senior director of Zimbra products and marketing, treated The VAR Guy to a demo of all the features above, showing off both Zimbra 7's web client and its desktop client, which look identical. The desktop client can work offline, keeping a local cache of information until the client is reconnected to send off e-mails and sync with the mother ship.
Robb noted the driving force behind Zimbra 7's development was to "make it easier to share documents and … make end users more productive." Mobile client support has been expanded to BlackBerry devices, and Zimbra 7 also integrates Salesforce.com and WebEx as well as better authentication system.
Lastly, The VAR Guy wanted to know about the all important channel perspective with VMware Zimbra 7, especially since joining the VMware ranks in 2010 (just in time for last year's VMware Partner Exchange).
"We went from a few thousand to twenty-thousand partners, and hosting from 500 to well over 1,000, all thanks in part of the VMware hosting network," Robb said. "It's an honor to have a huge number of new partners pushing Zimbra around the world. [Both VMware and Zimbra] partners now get new products to sell."
Sounds like a plan to The VAR Guy. Our resident blogger will be keeping his eyes and ears open as VMware's paternas with Zimbra continues to evolve.