VMware is acquiring e-mail collaboration company Zimbra in a bid to extend its portfolio of datacentre, desktop, application development and core IT services for cloud computing.
An independent division of Yahoo, Zimbra runs 55 million mailboxes and offers interoperability with legacy e-mail environments. It has been deployed across small and large environments and runs both on-premise and as a hosted service.
"Over the coming years, we expect more organisations, especially small and medium sized businesses, to buy core IT solutions that deliver cloud-like simplicity in user and operational experience," said Brian Byun, vice-president and general manager, cloud services, at VMware.
VMware said it will support existing Zimbra products and open source efforts while optimising Zimbra products for vSphere-based cloud infrastructure, alongside Microsoft, IBM and other messaging and collaboration products.
Under the terms of the agreement, VMware will purchase all Zimbra technology and intellectual property. Yahoo will have the right to continue to run the Zimbra technology in its communications services, including Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Calendar.