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Open-Xchange Partners With MySQL AB

Partnership Enables Open-Xchange To Embed MySQL Database Into Its Open Source Collaboration Server

Open-Xchange, provider of open source collaboration software, announced that it has signed a partnership and support agreement with MySQL AB, the developer of open source database. This partnership enables Open-Xchange to embed the MySQL database into its leading open source collaboration server.

Open-Xchange will add MySQL support to its Linux based collaboration solution, Open-Xchange Server. Both companies will work to ensure optimized interaction between MySQL databases and Open-Xchange groupware functionality for joint customers. Product support for MySQL will not involve any additional cost to Open-Xchange customers. As part of the MySQL integration into Open-Xchange Server products, upgrades will be designed to ensure smooth data migration from existing installations.

"For companies looking for modern, low-cost collaboration solutions, Open-Xchange is a leading open source alternative to high-priced proprietary environments," said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. "Open source is spreading throughout the enterprise -- now impacting collaboration software and groupware -- giving all organizations the opportunity to migrate to lower cost, higher performance solutions."

Open-Xchange Server 5 provides critical collaborative functions such as e-mail, calendaring, contacts and task management -- fully integrated with advanced groupware features such as Documail, Smart Linking, Smart Permissions, document sharing, project tracking, user forums, and a knowledge base. Open-Xchange Server 5 works with the widest variety of browsers, mobile devices and 'rich clients' such as Microsoft Outlook.

Enterprise customers as well as service providers, such as broadband providers and Internet service providers (ISPs) using and offering Open-Xchange collaboration suite benefit from a full supported open source solution stack -- from the operating system to database and application.

"We are happy to offer our customers another exciting option to build their solutions on proven and supported open source components," said Frank Hoberg, CEO of Open-Xchange. "Supporting MySQL, we give our customers choice in how they use Open-Xchange Server in relation to operating systems and other applications. This helps customers to reduce overall cost of ownership for their IT environments."

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