(The Hosting News) – On every front – marketing and sales, new customer acquisition and product development – Open-Xchange has made significant strides already in 2010, including an April 2010 Editors’ Choice Award for providing customers with the very best service and support, based on editorial and consumer reviews.
In March, the provider of business-class open source collaboration software moved to increase its U.S. sales presence by adding Behshad Behnam as vice president of sales, Americas. The former Parallels executive spearheads service provider initiatives for Open-Xchange.
Last month, the company introduced simplified SaaS partner pricing with different partner levels based on the providers’ customer base, along with two options of pricing – flat rate and guaranteed revenue. In both pricing options, partners receive Open-Xchange Webmail and PIM (personal information manager) free for all their customers to enable them to replace their existing webmail solution as part of the new partner pricing.
Today, Open-Xchange is used by leading hosting providers in the U.S., such as Dotster and Network Solutions, as well as 1&1 Internet in the U.S. and Germany. The company increased users to more than 15 million people worldwide – an increase of 80 percent in 2009.
Among the most recent customers to be added are:
1&1 Internet, the largest webhosting company worldwide, which is providing Open-Xchange based webmail and PIM functionality to all its 6 million e-mail accounts worldwide.
Dotster Inc., which started making available its business e-mail offering including synchronization with mobile devices, both powered by Open-Xchange.
Versatel, Germany’s third-largest telecommunications provider, which replaced its webmail system providing more than 1 million users with Open-Xchange webmail.
Bull Germany, with approximately 8,000 employees worldwide and 500 employees in Germany, now offers Open-Xchange mail and groupware to its German customers. Bull customers can use Open-Xchange as a hosted solution provided by Bull or run it in-house as on-premises installation – and switch between the types of operation any time they like.
Softline, the leading software reseller in Russia and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), announced it will resell on-premises and hosted Open-Xchange.
Dinahosting, the leading independent company in the Spanish market for registering domains and hosting services and an independent provider of Internet business services, will be the first partner to offer Open-Xchange in Spain.
The company also continues to add capabilities at an aggressive pace.
The Open-Xchange 4PSA VoipNow Bundle is the result of a partnership with 4PSA, an innovative software supplier specializing in Unified Communications, VoIP delivery solutions, business and operations automation. It gives users telephone and fax integrated with e-mail, contacts, calendar and task information. By combining Open-Xchange with Unified Communications and Virtual PBX solutions, businesses can replace their traditional phone lines – saving on phone bills.
In addition, software called 4PSA OXtender for Plesk now enables hosters and SaaS providers to replace Plesk Webmail in shared hosting environments with Open-Xchange business-class e-mail and groupware – providing users with additional PIM (Personal Information Management) features at no extra cost with an option to move to full groupware, as well as support for mobile devices. The new software simplifies Open-Xchange deployment and significantly reduces set up time by automating management of Plesk changes, such as password changes, mailbox renames and removals.
In February, Open-Xchange began offering its e-mail and groupware in cooperation with hardware manufacturer Pyramid as pre-configured and ready-to-run appliances for up to either 50 users or 300. The hardware appliances include an e-mail and collaboration server, document management, backup/recovery, virus and spam protection, plus Linux operating system. Open-Xchange hardware appliances are offered in two configurations for partners in North America and all European Union countries.
Working with eleven, Germany’s leading e-mail security provider, Open-Xchange users can now take advantage of eleven’s e-mail security solution called, eXpurgate, which is scalable, easy to integrate, and offers a spam detection rate of more than 99 percent.