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20 September 2011 - Zarafa Scores High in SOS Open Source Software Evaluation

Open source email rated highly for community adoption, level of support and growth potential

Zarafa, the European drop-in Microsoft Exchange replacement for email, calendaring, collaboration and tasks, has received high grades in SOS Open Source, a methodology created by open source strategist Roberto Galoppini, to evaluate and select open source software.

SOS Open Source provides organizations with a clear, automated methodology for determining the level of risk of using specific open source packages, based on factors such as community and ease of code contributions. The analysis method rates each open source candidate based on strength (stable, mature and backed by a viable community), level of support (by a community or vendors) and potential for evolution (e.g. code quality). As verification and validation tests always require a significant amount of time and resources to be run, this method limits the number of appropriate candidates displayed in graphs for easy comparison.

"We are very pleased that Zarafa rated highly according to the Galoppini SOS open source evaluation," said Brian Joseph, CEO at Zarafa. “This is an indication of the value provided by our quickly growing global email and collaboration community."

Compared to the competition, it is remarkable that Zarafa is included in many major community distributions. Robert Scheck, Fedora Ambassador says: “The adoption of the Zarafa packages in Fedora for Mageia, one of the newest Linux distributions at the moment, is a sign for me that their growing user base is going to use Zarafa, too. In addition, some of the Zarafa users at Fedora are even contributing to community tools and utilities for Zarafa to enhance them with their features."

"Most open source assessment methods take too long and lack objective metrics, and are not that useful for determining the risk of building solutions based on specific open source software," said Roberto Galoppini, Open Source Strategist. "The SOS methodology uses automation to provide a pragmatic, quick and easy way to assess open source software with confidence."


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Mirjam Scholtes, Communication & PR Manager
Tel: 0031 (0)15 2517710, M: 0031 (0)6 55114984
Email: m.scholtes@zarafa.com

About Zarafa
Zarafa is the leading European provider of open source groupware and collaboration software. The company is headquartered in Delft, the Netherlands. Zarafa’s offices in Stuttgart, Hannover and Belo Horizonte (Brazil) provide local sales and support to more than 150 partners and thousands of customers worldwide.
Our core product is the Zarafa Collaboration Platform (ZCP), the European open and compatible groupware platform that can be used as a drop-in Microsoft Exchange replacement for email, calendaring, collaboration and tasks. Zarafa is acclaimed for its unrivalled expertise in calendar and mobile compatibility. Learn more at http://www.zarafa.com. Follow Zarafa on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/zarafagroupware.

About SOS Open Source
SOS Open Source is an automated methodology to assess open source projects. It gathers data from directories, forges and meta-forges, and creates comprehensive information, intuitive metrics, and content-specific heuristics to decide which is the most trustworthy source of information. For more information, visit http://sosopensource.com/.

About Roberto Galoppini
Roberto Galoppini is an expert in open source business, he takes an active interest in open source projects and organizations, and he is also on the advisory boards for international software companies and SourceForge. He is founder of one of the first Italian Open Source firms and of the first Italian open source consortium. He consulted to the National Center for IT in the Public Administration co-writing the open source guidelines and he has been a member of the open source working group instituted by the Minister of Regions and Local Authorities. Roberto among his customers counts GroundWork, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, Poste Italiane, Red Hat, Telecom Italia, Zenoss and Xwiki. He writes almost daily about open source business at his commercial open source blog: http://robertogaloppini.net.

 

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