(The Hosting News) – Open-Xchange announces availability of the latest release of software that enables hosters and SaaS providers to replace Plesk Webmail in shared hosting environments with Open-Xchange business-class e-mail and groupware, which provides users with additional PIM (Personal Information Management) features at no extra cost, as well as options to move to full groupware and support for their mobile devices.
The software called 4PSA OXtender for Plesk is an extension developed and supported by 4PSA that facilitates the transition to the AJAX-based web interface from Open-Xchange. It offers users additional groupware functionality and enables hosters to add Open-Xchange to Parallels Plesk Server at a flat fee. It simplifies Open-Xchange deployment and significantly reduces set up time. Provisioning of Open-Xchange is fast and easy using the Plesk web interface. In addition, all changes made in Plesk by users such as password changes, mailbox renames and removals are automated by the connector.
New features and benefits of 4PSA OXtender for Plesk include:
– Support for the recently released Parallels Plesk Panel 10
– Improved manageability, including the ability to set up the Open-Xchange document storage size, language and timezone individually for different Plesk customers.
– Improved administration, such as better logging and debugging facilities that allow administrators to spot issues even before they are noticed by users.
– Better integration so that customers using dedicated servers powered by Parallels Plesk Panel can be connected to a shared Open-Xchange environment, which provides them with cost-effective and reliable e-mail and groupware.
“Open-Xchange offers a great, yet simple business model for hosters and service providers using Parallels Plesk Panel to deliver true business-class e-mail features, including groupware, social networks-enabled collaboration and mobile sync solutions,” said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. “Rich e-mail is a crucial step for service providers that want to build ARPU (average revenue per user) and enhance stickiness of their services.”
“Parallels Plesk Panel 10 reduces the complexity involved with running a hosting business and provides hosting end users with access to a catalog of commercial and open source applications,” said Bryan Goode, vice president and general manager for Parallels Marketplace. “Open-Xchange´s integration with Plesk is a quick and easy way for hosters to offer business-class e-mail.”
“Replacing old webmail and offering feature-rich and collaborative e-mail for all existing e-mail accounts is a very cost-effective way for Plesk hosters and resellers to enter the fast-growing SaaS collaboration and messaging market with minimal risk and investment,” said Bogdan Carstoiu, CEO of 4PSA. “4PSA OXtender for Plesk is the easiest way for hosters to remain competitive – without changing their existing e-mail infrastructure.”
Open-Xchange is the only groupware specifically designed to meet the needs of SaaS providers. Open-Xchange will grow its number of users to more than 24 million people worldwide in 2010 – an increase of 60 percent. SaaS partners include 1&1 Internet – the #1 hosting company worldwide, Network Solutions – the #3 hosting company in the U.S., Versatel (Germany), Dotster (U. S.) and Hostpoint – the #1 hosting company in Switzerland.
4PSA OXtender for Plesk supports both shared hosting and dedicated hosting environments. It is compatible with Plesk 8.3 or later under Linux/Unix. The software license includes Open-Xchange Webmail, as well as maintenance subscription support. It can be purchased from 4PSA or Open-Xchange. For more information, please visit www.open-xchange.com/en/4psa-oxtender-for-plesk-en
4PSA is a leading, innovative software development company specializing in applications for cloud computing. The company provides, under the 4PSA brand, solutions that help service providers and enterprises better manage their IT infrastructure, automate processes and deliver improved communication services.
The 4PSA flagship solution is the VoipNow Platform, a suite of software applications designed to accelerate Unified Communications adoption by businesses and end users. The products are built around cloud computing and provide unrivaled performance with the most comprehensive features, massive scalability, and the ultimate in automation. 4PSA’s success is based on excellence, innovation and customer-driven processes. The company’s business processes are supported by the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certified by TÜV CERT. For more information, please visit www.4psa.com
Open-Xchange is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source e-mail and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic institutions and government authorities. The company provides on-premises versions called Open-Xchange Server Edition and Open-Xchange Appliance Edition, along with Open-Xchange Hosting Edition, which enables web hosting companies to provide an easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS). The Open-Xchange Hosting Edition is architected to integrate into a hosting provider’s existing infrastructure, such as authentication, provisioning, billing and e-mail storage and does not require that these systems be replaced.
Open-Xchange AG is a privately-held company headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany with offices in Olpe, Germany and Tarrytown, N.Y. For more information, please visit www.open-xchange.com.