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June 28, 2011

Open-Xchange Collaborates with Surftown to Expand into Cloud Application Market
By Sujata Garud
TMCnet Contributor

A supplier of business-class email and groupware for cloud providers, Open-Xchange has signed a deal with Surftown to expand its cloud-based communication and collaboration user base to over 500,000. Surftown is a leader in domain name registration and web hosting company based in Scandinavia.



In a press release, Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange, said, “Surftown is one of the first service providers to utilize the recently released Open-Xchange Mobile Web App that enables their customers access to emails, contacts and calendars via smartphones. With Social OX -- where personal contacts from social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn (News - Alert) or Xing can be added to the Open-Xchange address book -- users can access that information on their mobile devices without having to do anything further.”

Surftown's customers with the help of Open-Xchange in-application upsell mechanism will be able to easily upgrade to premium features such as advanced sharing and document management functions. Moreover, the package will become part of Surftown's high-end hosting offering that provides small- and medium-sized businesses with a one-stop Internet presence and communication solution. This is the best solution for organizations looking out for a business-class email and collaboration solution. The system will be able available in market by the end of 3Q 2011.

Morten Felsvang, CEO of Surftown, said, “Scandinavia is at the forefront of adopting new Internet and mobility technologies. By providing consumers, as well as business customers, with cloud-based services, Open-Xchange is the perfect partner for differentiation in a highly-competitive hosting market.”

Open-Xchange was recently in news when it launched its Mobile Web App, which gives smartphone users online and offline access to appointments, emails and contacts while traveling. In iPhones, Android (News - Alert) based or Nokia Symbian devices that run on a Web-based browser, Open-Xchange Mobile Web App can even work with low bandwidth connections and provide instant and fast over-the-air access to data stored safely on the Open-Xchange Server.


Sujata Garud is a TMCnet freelancer with three years of writing/editing experience and two years of market research experience. As an editor she has covered the IT, electronics, banking, pharma, construction, mining and healthcare industries. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

 

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