Kerio to Buy WebSTAR Products

by Amy Newman

Kerio Technologies has announced plans to purchase 4D SA's WebSTAR products.

Another pure Mac company bit the dust this week when Kerio Technologies announced its intent to purchase 4D SA's WebSTAR products.

The purchase emphasizes Kerio's desire to "put efforts into the SMB groupware space," Dusan Vitek, vice president of marketing, told ServerWatch.

4D also had FTP and Web server solutions, which Kerio is still undecided on how to integrate, Vitek said. However, the fact that Kerio will be releasing migration tools to move WebSTAR users over to Kerio Mail Server, doesn't bode well for loyal WebSTAR shops.

The WebSTAR customer base numbers in the thousands, Vitek said. The acquisition provides Kerio with access to 4D's customer base as well as its technology.

Although the Mac space doesn't seem an obvious place for growth, more than 20 percent of Kerio Mail Server's installed base are Mac users, Vitek said. Kerio Mail server has been on the market since 2002. A Mac version was released in 2003.

One of the integration challenges Kerio will face will be its policy of implementing all new features across all operating systems in its product lines. In addition to running on MacOS X 10.3 and 10.4, Kerio Mail Server is available for SUSE Linux 9, Red Hat Linux 9, Fedora Core Linux, and Windows 2000/XP/2003.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but the deal is expected to be complete within a month. Kerio will support all WebSTAR products through 2006.

This article was originally published on Friday Jan 13th 2006
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