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    Default Zimbra still competitive in the edu?

    We've been using Zimbra for staff, faculty, and student email for over five years. Although some might differ, it has been a successful deployment overall and our users have come to take rich access to their email from anywhere for granted. We were in the private cloud before cloud was cool.

    But today Zimbra has greater competition in the EDU space in the form of "free" hosted email from Microsoft and Google. When we last looked at these options there were enough obvious caveats, gotchas, and not-so-hidden costs that the value proposition was arguable. Today competition between these two giants is driving the market and it's getting tougher for an EDU to justify the cost of hosting their own email.

    Unfortunately, Zimbra doesn't seem well positioned to meet this challenge. Zimbra and VMware have preferred to leave public cloud Zimbra offerings to their service providers - a logical choice given their position in the market. Unfortunately that model no longer seems competitive in the EDU space where service providers have little reason to host large volume email domains for free.

    If Zimbra wants to be competitive in the EDU market they're going to have to be more aggressive on both pricing and marketing. That probably means free Network Edition licensing for EDU and considerable work on exposing the TCO of these solutions. Certainly some will still see value in hosting their own email, but once management hears the siren call of "free" and "Outlook" there may be no room for argument.

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    +1 for your opinion,

    Google stopping their free account for Google Apps but they offering a competitive and promo pricing for Education, they've also invite educational institution to their seminar for market education.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vavai View Post
    +1 for your opinion,

    Google stopping their free account for Google Apps but they offering a competitive and promo pricing for Education, they've also invite educational institution to their seminar for market education.
    The web site still says that Free Google Apps is available for education and completely free. If a change has been announced I can't find anything about it.

    Unfortunately VMware and Zimbra still have no answer. This will mean effectively ceding the education market to the free providers.

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    Schooley ? Is that really his name ?

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    kstate paid a hosting provider for their email, and did not run their own Zimbra installation. YMMV with hosted operations.
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    Well, as a non EDU user as i am, i've read some EDU and important colleges and universities, most in the US migrating from Zimbra to Google/Office solutions.

    IMO, it's not a good prospect for Zimbra about future.

    ccelis.

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    Have you ever considered Zimbra Community Edition for your infrastructure?
    Today you can have more than the Zimbra Network with Open Source Edition and some Third Part Extensions, with a fraction of the cost...
    Think about it.

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    The main issue I've noticed with many edu institutions is that yes the gmail is free, but the postini services which do archiving are not. Unless they have staff that can setup their own archiving servers then they need to pay.
    Of course I might be doing that if the zimbra sales team never replies to my multiple requests for an invoice for the upcoming year's license

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    System synchronization of independently run Zimbra program and can be used for many things other than e-mail. An important part of Zimbra is the text editor, which helps you create the handbook, which acts as the directory pages are written. These documents may be shared but can not be edited in parallel, such as Google Docs. This feature will be added in Q3, CEO of Zimbra said.

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