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15 March. Mobile Messaging and Collaboration Specialist Zarafa Gets a Foothold in France

Presenting new partnerships at Solutions Linux, 16-18 March, Paris

Zarafa, the Dutch mobile messaging and collaboration specialist gets a foothold in France. Today, Zarafa announces that it has signed contracts with the French open source systems integrator Smile and with French distributor ETC. With these contracts and her presence at Solutions Linux, Europe’s largest commercial open source exhibition, Zarafa aims to strengthen its international market position.

Partnering with Smile is valuable for Zarafa because it is the leading integrator of open source solutions in France and one of the largest in the world. Recently, Smile has replaced a major part of its Microsoft Exchange environment by Zarafa’s Collaboration Platform.

Zarafa has chosen for Red Hat distributor ETC because the company services a lot of Red Hat partners and even has a specialized open source department. ETC will add Zarafa as only groupware mail and calendar solution to its product range.

Brian Joseph, co-founder and CEO of Zarafa: “France is using open source. The French research firm Markess expects that in 2011 some 63 percent of the French firms and organisations will use open source office applications. France is the next logical step for our expansion in Europe. Like in The Netherlands, the French government policy requires that in case of equal fitness, open source must be preferred over proprietary software. According to Markess almost the entire French public sector, 96 percent, is using open source. After successful Zarafa migrations in Dutch, Belgian, Brazilian and German government organizations, we now see first Zarafa adoption within the French government as well”.

Zarafa will be present at Solutions Linux, 16-18 March in Paris. At her booth (hall 1, C31) Zarafa will daily showcase the new features of its Collaboration Platform 6.40. Software updates include a Today View and Advanced Search options that even allows you to search inside attachments. Furthermore, Zarafa actively participates in the conference program and a TV debate of Solutions Linux, here you can find all details.



Press contacts
Zarafa International
Mirjam Scholtes, Communication & PR Manager
Tel: +31 (0)15 2517710, M: +31 (0)6 55114984
Email: [email protected]



Zarafa is the fastest growing commercial Linux-based groupware company in Europe that enables Linux servers to share Outlook calendar and e-mail and allows web-based access by means of an AJAX-based web client. Many governments and corporations run with Zarafa.

It is the only groupware platform that includes open source ActiveSync compatibility, which enables organizations to have remote synchronization and pushmail for Windows Mobile, Google Android, Nokia’s Mail for Exchange and iPhones. Zarafa also offers full integration with the Blackberry Enterprise Server.

Zarafa’s head office is in Delft, The Netherlands and the company also has offices in Stuttgart, Hannover and Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Zarafa is the Arabic word for giraffe. Like a giraffe, Zarafa has the overview in the landscape of other applications to collaborate together in an open and friendly way. More information is available at

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