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Scalix Eases Migration to Linux for Email and Calendaring with Major New Release

  • 17 June, 2004 12:34

<p></p><center>Scalix 9.0 introduces enhancements for rich cross-platform interoperability
and client support that includes Outlook 2003, Ximian Evolution and a new
generation power web client</center>
<p>San Mateo, CA--June 14, 2004--Scalix Corporation today announced Scalix
9.0, the most significant release of its Linux-based email and calendaring
platform to date.  Scalix 9.0 offers companies a smooth migration
path to Linux messaging by giving them rich cross-platform interoperability
across all aspects of the messaging environment.
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<br/>With this release, Scalix aims to solve many of the longstanding challenges
faced by companies operating in heterogeneous environments.  Scalix
has expanded its desktop support with the addition of Outlook 2003, Ximian
Evolution and Scalix Web Access -- Scalix's own power web client -- which
now supports the Mozilla browser as well as Microsoft Explorer.  Cross-platform
client support from Scalix allows companies to deploy integrated email
and calendaring and scheduling across Windows, Linux, UNIX and Macintosh
desktops.  Scalix has also introduced a powerful Web Services-based
administrative platform and single sign-on capabilities, both of which
significantly ease management and integration with a company's existing
security and directory infrastructure.
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<br/>Companies are seeking alternatives that free them from technology and
licensing lock-in. At the same time, they are grappling with increasingly
complex and costly environments that are difficult to manage and support.
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<br/>"Our guiding principal in developing Scalix  9.0 was to give customers
a reliable and scalable messaging platform that offers maximum choice and
flexibility, while reducing cost and complexity," said Julie Farris, Scalix's
founder.  "For example, calendaring and scheduling is a silent `killer
app' that has quietly become a key application in companies today. 
Yet lack of cross-platform support and integration with different desktop
platforms and clients make it difficult to fully exploit this application
on a company-wide basis.  Scalix 9.0 eliminates these barriers and
allows enterprise-wide calendaring and scheduling, an important breakthrough
in tapping the potential of this application.  The result is an opportunity
for companies to take advantage of the benefits of Linux for messaging
in a way that coexists successfully in a cross-platform environment."
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<br/>A recent study conducted by Osterman Research, a leading market research
firm focused on messaging-related issues, cites that most enterprises [55%]
would seriously consider switching to an alternative messaging system that
provided better performance or other advantages if the desktop infrastructure
currently in place could be retained.  "Scalix has gone to great lengths
to ensure that enterprises can migrate to Linux for messaging without disrupting
their end users," said Michael Osterman, president and founder of Osterman
Research.  "Their rich client support options offer customers a great
deal of choice and flexibility."
Scalix 9.0 offers major enhancements in four key areas:  cross-platform
calendaring and scheduling, expanded client support, ecosystem and platform
support and a new Web Services-based management platform that offers anytime,
anywhere remote administration and secure management of the Scalix environment.
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<br/>Cross-platform Calendaring and Scheduling
* Cross-platform client support allows companies to deploy enterprise-wide
calendaring and scheduling across Windows, Linux, UNIX and Macintosh desktops.
* Unlike many web clients that are limited to rudimentary email functionality,
Scalix Web Access now supports advanced messaging functionality, calendaring
and scheduling, contact management and public folders.  Scalix Web
Access offers the performance, look `n feel and usability of a desktop
application, combined with the anytime, anywhere convenience of a web browser. 
Users can access their email and calendar/scheduling data using Internet
Explorer or Mozilla browser.
* Scalix Web Access offers complete interoperability with Microsoft
Outlook and Ximian Evolution, enabling users to work interchangeably between
the two interfaces for a fully synchronized view of their email, calendar
and contact data.
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<br/>Expanded Support for Cross-Platform Email and Calendaring Clients
Scalix 9.0 extends its rich client support to include:
* Microsoft Outlook 2003:  With Scalix 9.0, the unmatched Scalix
native MAPI support for Microsoft Outlook is now extended to Outlook 2003. 
Scalix Connect for Microsoft Outlook adds support for Outlook 2003's new
features such as the reading layout mode, side-by-side calendars, quick
flags and more.
* Ximian Evolution:  Users of the popular Linux/open source email
and calendaring client can now use Ximian Evolution with Scalix for an
end-to-end client/server Linux solution. This addresses a growing need
to include Linux desktop users into company-wide calendaring and scheduling
environments.  Scalix Connect for Ximian Evolution provides full-function
access to integrated email, calendar and contact data, with full compatibility
with Microsoft Outlook and Scalix Web Access.
* Scalix Web Access for the Mozilla browser:  With Scalix 9.0,
users of Mozilla browsers can now use Scalix Web Access in exactly the
same way Internet Explorer users can today.  This means full-function
access to email, calendaring and scheduling, contact management and fully
synchronous interoperability with Microsoft Outlook.
* These newly supported mail clients are fully interoperable with clients
currently supported by Scalix:  Outlook XP and 2000, Entourage, Eudora,
Mozilla Mail and BlackBerry handheld devices.
Centralized Management of a Distributed Environment
With Scalix 9.0, administrators can remotely manage the entire messaging
system through the convenience of a web browser from wherever they are. 
This includes:
* Centralized management:  Based on DHTML, XML and SOAP, the Scalix
Management Platform takes advantage of the latest technology to deliver
a powerful, easy-to-use administrative console.
* Managing users, distribution lists and permissions can now be done
through a simple to use graphical interface that is accessible through
a web browser.
* Role-based Administration enables secure delegation of administrative
tasks, such as creating users and distribution lists.
Enhanced Ecosystem and Platform Support
* Archiving support:  All inbound and outbound messages can now
be archived in compliance with archiving regulations such as Sarbanes-Oaxley,
HIPAA, SEC Rule 17a-4 and NASD 3015.
* Rich integration with Active Directory:  Organizations that have
deployed Active Directory as their corporate directory can leverage its
user management, account provisioning, authentication and single sign-on
capabilities when deploying Scalix, eliminating the expense and overhead
of managing corporate and email directories separately.
* Single sign-on for Windows Networks:  Users already authenticated
at the desktop will have immediate access to Outlook without having to
re-enter their username and password, giving administrators a single point
of management for passwords and password policies.
* Support for SuSE Linux:  In addition to Scalix's long-standing
support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Scalix 9.0 is now fully certified
for SuSE Linux, giving customers a choice of Linux platforms.
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<br/>Pricing and Availability
Available directly from Scalix Corporation and its global partner network,
Scalix 9.0 is priced at $60 per user (U.S.) and includes access to all
functionality provided by the Scalix platform.  Volume discounts are
available.  Support for Mozilla Browser, Ximian Evolution and Outlook
2003 will be available later this summer.
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<br/>About Scalix Corporation
 Scalix has created the industry's most powerful email and calendaring
platform on Linux, offering rich functionality on a highly reliable and
scalable platform that significantly reduces cost of ownership. Based on
Linux and Open Systems Architecture (OSA), Scalix's new generation messaging
platform is based on a proven technology foundation, HP OpenMail, which
Scalix licensed from Hewlett-Packard. Scalix's team of messaging industry
veterans has helped pioneer the world's most successful messaging systems
at IBM/Lotus, cc:Mail, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. The privately held
company is backed by Mayfield, New Enterprise Associates and Mohr Davidow
Ventures and is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices in
New York, Chicago, United Kingdom and Germany. For more information, visit
www.scalix.com or call 650-212-8300.
Scalix is a trademark of Scalix Corporation. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners.
Contacts
Krause Taylor Associates for Scalix
<br/>Jennifer Henderson, 408-918-9085
<br/>jennifer@krause-taylor.com</p>
<p>Australian distributor for Scalix:</p>
<p>Custom Technology Australia Pty Ltd
<br/>3 Spring Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
<br/>T 02 9659 9590,
<br/>F 02 9659 9510
<br/>mailto:info@CustomTech.com.au
<br/>http://www.customtech.com.au
<br/>Press Contact: Gordon Hubbard, mailto:gordon@CustomTech.com.au</p>
<p>Please note that local pricing is currently A$97.90 per user (incl GST).</p>

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