SuSE Linux Openexchange Server is scheduled to begin shipping by mid-November, about the same time that UnitedLinux (a consortium in which SuSE is a key player) will release its server software. The two systems, however, will have nothing to do with one another.
The Openexchange Server combines SuSE's Linux Enterprise Server operating system with an e-mail server and groupware functionality to form a communications and groupware solution.
Like several of the recently announced offerings, SuSE Linux Openexchange Server is poised to battle Microsoft Exchange by integrating with the vendor's popular Outlook client.
SuSE estimates that SuSE Linux Openexchange Server has a low price-performance ratio largely attributable to its total cost of ownership, which is about 59 percent to 64 percent lower than that of an Exchange-based system. The primary reason for this is that SuSE's licensing model bases its calculation on the number of users that can be logged in simultaneously.
According to SuSE, the new offering combines the best of all worlds: proven open source components; comprehensive software applications that offer reliable e-mail functions for the reception, distribution, and dispatch of e-mail; integrated Web mail clients; and smart, central appointment and address management, and efficient project management and task planning tools to streamline enterprise operations. A centrally controlled document management tool and group-based discussion forums to enhance the efficiency of project teams are also available.
In addition to being Outlook compatible, SuSE Linux Openexchange Server works with all common browsers and synchronizes with Palms and PocketPCs.
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server will be available for purchase directly from SuSE and SuSE Linux business partners by mid-November.
Priced at $1,249, the server will come with four CDs, detailed manuals, 30 days of installation support, and 12 months of system maintenance. The base license covers 10 groupware clients and an unlimited number of e-mail clients.