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Sebring Software to Acquire Scalix Email and Calendaring Platform in $12 Million Cash Deal
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July 13, 2011

Sebring Software to Acquire Scalix Email and Calendaring Platform in $12 Million Cash Deal

By Madhubanti Rudra
TMCnet Contributor

Sebring Software, Inc. a collaborative integration software company offering on-premises and CLOUD solutions, reportedly signed definitive agreement to acquire Scalix Corporation from Xandros, Inc.

In a press release, Sebring announced the acquisition of Scalix Corporation’s Linux-based e-mail and calendaring platform, which is believed to be the most robust among the currently available Linux based E-mail solutions.

With businesses fast moving into Cloud, Sebring software believes reliable and affordable Linux based solution such as Scalix will be clear winner in the multi-billion dollar corporate market for e-mail, calendaring and collaboration software.

This explains Sebring Software’s $12 million investment in the Scalix E-mail and calendaring platform. In the release, Sebring revealed that the total purchase price is 5.66 times 2010 revenues. The payments were made partially in cash and partially in common shares of Sebring's stock. The transaction was valued at $6,250,000 or $1.00 per share. The cash payments are being made over six months, and the stock to Xandros will be issued following the cash payments.

Interesting to note that the Scalix e-mail and calendaring platform, which was initially developed by HP through a significant R&D effort and was deployed into the market as a free email system as HP OpenMail, is used by over 1,300 corporations in more than 65 countries. Scalix was latter commercialized by venture-backed Scalix Inc. Scalix was subsequently sold to Xandros in 2007 where the product was enhanced through an email technology licensing agreement with Microsoft (News - Alert).

“We are very pleased to have executed an agreement to acquire Scalix Corporation, whose platform we believe is truly the most robust Linux-based e-mail and calendaring platform available today. Just as the market is moving to the more reliable and affordable Linux-based solutions, we are confident that the multi-billion corporate market for e-mail, calendaring and collaboration software will also move towards Linux-based solutions. As more and more companies move to CLOUD-based solutions, Linux-based systems such as Scalix will be the winners. Linux-based systems are simply more affordable and far more reliable,” Sebring Software, Inc. CEO Leif Andersen noted in a statement.

Andersen further revealed in the press release that the teams from two companies will work together to work out an aggressive marketing plan to continue with the success of Scalix. The marketing plan will be executed along with other technology partners including IBM (News - Alert), Red Hat and Microsoft.

In Early Januray this year, Zarafa, the leading European provider of open source groupware and collaboration software announced to offer its partners a free tool to migrate the complete data from a Scalix server to Zarafa.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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