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Telligent Acquires Zimbra from VMware

Today VMware announced that Telligent, a leader in enterprise social software for customer support, digital marketing and employee collaboration, acquired Zimbra, which VMware acquired from Yahoo! Inc. in February 2010. Telligent is acquiring the assets of Zimbra, including product IP, existing customer and partner relationships and the core team, and following the closing will merge into a single company under the Zimbra brand.

In 2013, VMware is executing against three priorities – software-defined data center, hybrid cloud and end-user computing. In order to continue focusing on these areas, we determined that the collaboration and communication features of Zimbra as a standalone product would be best delivered by a partner such as Telligent in order to continue enhancing the Zimbra technology platform and growing the business.

Telligent, headquartered in Dallas, is a global enterprise collaboration and customer-centric community software company that is transforming the way organizations listen to, engage and measure interaction with customers, partners and prospects. Given its focus and complementary technology, we believe Telligent is ideally suited to enable continued growth for the Zimbra community and help deliver an even more robust collaboration platform for Zimbra customers.

Of note is the success delivered by the hard work of the Zimbra team during the course of the last few years. Since it was acquired, Zimbra has experienced significant growth in its email and collaboration business, adding more than 2,600 net-new customers and growing its footprint to more than 85 million mailboxes. VMware has also made significant technology investments in the platform through major product releases, including improvements to the end-user experience, addition of sync client support, enhanced security and compliance capabilities, and new administration and operations features.

It was important to VMware to find a buyer that would be a good home for Zimbra’s people, customers and partners, and we believe Telligent is a great fit. VMware will continue working with Telligent as a strategic partner to maximize customer and partner continuity, which includes maintaining a minority equity investment in Telligent along with a number of other investors. In transitioning Zimbra to Telligent, we are confident that customers will be in good hands with seamless product support, further technology innovation and go-to-market investments.

For more information, please refer to the Telligent news release, Telligent blog and Zimbra blog.

- Erik Frieberg, VP, product marketing, End-User Computing

The VMware Company Blog: A new way to stay up to date with VMware

Today we’re introducing the VMware Company Blog. This new blog will replace The Console, which has been a great source of information from VMware executives. The Company Blog will expand upon executive updates and include information from across the organization to present a more comprehensive picture of our company and community.

The new blog will include more voices from around VMware who will offer insights on corporate, product and technology news, information on where to find VMware at industry events and commentary on the future of virtualization technology, just to name a few of the upcoming posts.

The VMware blog network is one of the best resources available for staying up to date on the details of VMware, our products and partners. The VMware Company Blog will provide a single destination with a snapshot of the latest news from VMware and our community.

Make sure you subscribe to The Company Blog and follow @VMwareNews on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest from VMware.

The Console’s Greatest Hits

Welcome to the new home of The Console, the blog from VMware Management. (From our first post: "Just as the service console is the dashboard for VMware ESX Server, think of this blog, ‘The Console’, as your dashboard for understanding how VMware is driving the virtualization revolution.")

In case you’re just stopping by for the first time, here are a few of the Console’s Greatest Hits:

Open Virtual Machine Disk Formats and Licensing

One highly related area we are concerned about is that we’ve seen
Microsoft beginning to put restrictive terms on the use of published
VHDs. Specifically, it seems that Microsoft is starting to restrict use
of their VHDs to MS Virtual Server and Virtual PC only. In contrast,
there are over 300 VMDK-based virtual appliances available on VMware Technology Network
(ranging from Oracle databases to CRM packages to firewalls to email
security solutions) that are freely usable by all regardless of
platform or product.

Power and cooling savings with VMware Infrastructure

One of the mainstay use cases of virtualization – server consolidation
and containment – allows customers to “squeeze” multiple workloads on
the same server. There is a flow through effect from needing fewer
physical servers – it means that VMware customers need less space in
the datacenter, and less electricity and cooling. We estimate
conservatively that for every workload moved from a physical to virtual
environment, customers can save about $290 in electricity costs, and
about $360 a year in cooling costs. The more important thing is that
these savings accrue year after year. For example, VMware customer
Provident Bank reports cutting power consumption by 13,000 watts.

On Benchmarking Virtual Infrastructure

As virtualization becomes commonplace in the industry there is increasing interest in measuring the performance of virtualized platforms. Plenty of benchmarks exist to measure the performance of physical systems, but they fail to capture essential aspects of virtual infrastructure performance. We need a common workload and methodology for virtualized systems so that benchmark results can be compared across different platforms.