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Can Linux Open-Xchange Replace Microsoft Exchange?

Jan 21, 2011, 21:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)


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"Whether you're replacing Microsoft Exchange or just looking for a competent groupware suite, Open-Xchange is one of the leading contenders for Linux. How does it rate? Very well, with a few caveats.

"This month I'll be looking at the administration side of Open-Xchange. Next month I'll report in on the actual end user experience and whether Open-Xchange is worth deploying.

"So what is Open-Xchange? Basically it's a collaboration platform that can replace Microsoft Exchange, or simply serve as a groupware offering for small or large organizations. It can support integration with Microsoft Active Directory, if you need that, or provide LDAP services. It has all the groupware features you'd expect for a modern workplace — email/Webmail, calendaring, task management, contact management, document storage, and so on. OX has connectors or (prepare for a truly bad pun) "OXtenders" for synchronizing with Outlook, Mac OS X, and mobile devices.

"Got all that? Now we need to select a version of Open-Xchange to deploy."

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