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Zarafa Introduces Integration Framework to Support Series of Open Source Integrations


June 21, 2010

Zarafa Introduces Integration Framework to Support Series of Open Source Integrations

By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributor


Zarafa, a fast-growing global Linux-based mobile messaging and groupware vendor, presented an integration framework at the second day of its Summercamp. This integration framework will provide the open source community and commercial integrations with the Collaboration Platfrom from Zarafa a big push.

Following the newly packaging with community distributions such as Fedora, Zarafa announced that 50 percent of the open source Zarafa contributions are started and effectuated by commercial integrators at their customers' request.

At Zarafa's Summercamp, catWorkX, the new German Gold Partner of Zarafa, will demonstrate its open source integrations such as the Jira plugin and the LDAP Connector. This Connector's framework provides LDAP based access to all Zarafa contacts in all user stores and in Public Folders. It is possible to use a broad range of native fat clients such as Mac Mail, Mac Addressbook and Thunderbird to perform as a complete non-MAPI Zarafa Client with this Connector.

Zarafa, headquartered in Delft, The Netherlands and with offices in Stuttgart, Hannover and Belo Horizonte (Brazil), facilitates the advancement of open source and commercial integrations by releasing an integration framework based on Swig. This makes it easier to connect mail, contacts, calendars and tasks to any developer language. The first examples are worked out in Phyton.

With the Zarafa Phyton Language bindings, programmers are able to utilize the high level Phyton programming language to interface with the core technology MAPI from Zarafa. This allows developers to quickly make applications, tools and plugins for the already present Zarafa Collaboration Platform, an open and compatible groupware platform that can be used as a drop-in Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange replacement for mail, calendaring, collaboration and tasks. Entry-level engineers can also utilize it to quickly develop programs such as e-mail filtering or performance analysis without having profound knowledge of complicated programming languages.

The Collaboration Platform is the only groupware platform that includes open source ActiveSync compatibility, which enables organizations to have remote synchronization and push mail for iPhones, Windows Mobile, Google (News - Alert) Android and Nokia's Mail for Exchange.

Read more on open source in this TMCnet's article "How Open Source (News - Alert) Can Lead to Improved Management of Customer Data."

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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