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Open source email is the future – Synaq

By   |  June 25, 2007

According to Loura DiDio, Yankee analyst and author of the 2007 Global Server Hardware and Server OS Survey, 23 percent of survey respondents intend to migrate away from Exchange Server and adopt an alternative [1]Linux[/1] or [2]Open Source[/2] email and messaging distribution platform in the next 12 to 18 months.  

This is further evidence of a growing international trend that is starting to take root in Africa and southern Africa says Yossi Hasson, managing director at Synaq, a national provider of managed Linux and Open Source services.  

"It is an exciting development that businesses cannot afford to overlook," says Hasson. To this end Synaq will be hosting a breakfast product and information session on June 29 at the Hilton in Sandton to introduce the latest in available Linux-based solutions and assist its customer base and industry partners with advice and information.  

"Our mandate is to keep our client base informed about the latest Linux and Open Source technology on offer. For example, the local industry alliance we have with Scalix, a US-based international messaging infrastructure company, offers us access to solutions that make an instant impression on clients. One such product is the Scalix Small Business Server solution that features almost the same functionality as the company’s Enterprise solution, but is targeted primarily at the small-to-medium segment of the market," adds Hasson. Hasson says that Scalix Small Business Server provides companies with full Microsoft Exchange functionality at a fraction of the cost.  

The product includes the industry’s most robust third-party MS Outlook support and Scalix Web Access, the company’s award-winning and fully featured AJAX web email client that combines the power of desktop email with the convenience of a browser.  

It also includes native [3]Novell[/3] Evolution support (enabling full-function email and calendaring on Linux desktops), unlimited POP/IMAP email access, GUI and command line administration, full group calendaring, scheduling and the optional Scalix Wireless Solution.  

"We continue to receive very positive feedback from clients that have committed to a migration from traditional email platforms, Exchange and other messaging infrastructure. Clearly, there is an association between Linux-based technology and benefits such as improved operational efficiency, higher levels of infrastructure management and control, as well as lower total cost of ownership," he adds.  

The Synaq breakfast is free but seating is limited. Those people interested in attending should register as soon as possible with Gloria at, (012) 803-5686 or click through to


3 Responses to “Open source email is the future – Synaq”

  1. ig
    June 25th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Scalix barely qualifies as open source. If you want it to do anything useful you have to purchase the commercial version. Zimbra has the same problem.

    True open source email and groupware is more like Citadel [], a 100% pure open source play, community-developed. Similar to the Ubuntu Linux operating system, there is no \”enterprise edition\” that you have to pay money for — the Citadel project makes its very best work available to everyone on the same Free, open source terms (GPL).

  2. Mac
    June 26th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    article should have been preceeded with

    and ended with

    It was an advertorial, I hope they had to pay for it.

  3. MG
    June 27th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    If you look at the article it says 23% of Exchange users will be migrating from Exchange to a Linux OR Open Source alternative.

    Scalix definitely falls under the Linux alternative banner.

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