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29 April - Zarafa Signs Framework Agreement with German Catholic Church

The Dutch mobile messaging and collaboration specialist Zarafa has signed a framework agreement with the Catholic Church in Germany (Verband der Diözesen Deutschlands, VDD) to implement its collaboration platform. This country wide contract, that includes enterprise service level agreements, allows the entire German Catholic Church to benefit from the better total cost of ownership and quality advantages of open source groupware.

The VDD decided to go with Zarafa’s Collaboration Platform (ZCP) after a first reference installation with 3.850 users in Bavaria. Zarafa meets the demands of stable Outlook integration and WebAccess, smartphone support and full integration with the Blackberry Enterprise Server.

Helmuth Neuberger, CEO Zarafa Germany says: “The entire German Catholic Church can now use a sustainable open source collaboration platform. This framework allows them to purchase ZCP on special conditions without having to conduct a procurement process”.

Zarafa teams up for this with Gold Partner Millenux, who adds its great experience in high availability computing and virtualisation, and Red Hat.

Zarafa and Millenux are both Red Hat Advanced Partners.



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

Join the Zarafa Summercamp on the 17th and 18th of June 2010 in Brussels: Contact Mirjam Scholtes for registration.



Zarafa is a fast-growing international Linux-based messaging and groupware vendor.

The Zarafa Collaboration Suite is an open and compatible groupware platform that can be used as a drop-in Microsoft Exchange replacement for mail, calendaring, collaboration and tasks. It includes IMAP/POP3 and iCal/CalDAV capabilities, the ability to integrate with existing Linux mail servers and a web-based access by means of an AJAX-based web client.

It is the only groupware platform that includes open source ActiveSync compatibility, which enables organizations to have remote synchronization and push mail for iPhones, Windows Mobile, Google Android and Nokia’s Mail for Exchange. 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). It has a overall 5,000 customers, most large customers in government with enterprise and SMB segments making up the rest. More information is available at

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