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e-Collaboration: Press Release

iomart to Upgrade 300,000 E-mail Accounts

End users to gain access to advanced collaborative features as iomart boosts its cloud applications portfolio with Open-Xchange

Following a successful pilot project, U.K.-based managed cloud services company iomart Group will migrate over 300,000 customer e-mail accounts to the Open-Xchange e-mail and collaboration platform, providing end users with a more feature-rich service. In addition, iomart's customers will be able to upgrade to advanced groupware features and mobility support in Open-Xchange - providing the company with additional value-added services.

iomart Group (www.iomart.com) is one of the U.K.‘s largest providers of managed hosting and cloud services. Serving every level of business from SME (small- and medium enterprise) to large corporate , trading through  its iomart Hosting, Easyspace, RapidSwitch and Titan Internet brands, the Group currently manages hosting services for more than 300,000 customers daily. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

Open-Xchange integrates e-mail, calendar, contact and task management with advanced groupware features such as information management and document sharing, along with cutting-edge social network integration. By adding the Open-Xchange mobility support option, users can receive push e-mail and synchronization of contacts, calendar and other information from their Open-Xchange account to their smartphones, including Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia, Windows Mobile and others.

Open-Xchange's unique "Social OX" features give users the ability to consolidate any kind of existing webmail accounts - for example from Google and Yahoo - into a folder in Open-Xchange so they can be managed more easily. Plus, contact details from social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Xing can be added automatically to the Open-Xchange address book - giving users easy access to the latest contact information within their personal network. Also, users can now integrate messaging feeds from Twitter and Facebook and merge their calendar and address books from Google into Open-Xchange, as well.

"Service providers of every type are realizing the opportunity to provide their customers with value-added services on top of e-mail as an additional revenue source," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "We worked closely with iomart on a pilot project and expect a rapid rollout to their customer base."

"We view information technology delivery as a service, with on-demand, cloud-based systems able to scale to meet the needs of users with those users paying for the flexible capacity they use," said Bill Strain, chief technology officer, iomart Group. "Offering Open-Xchange collaboration services is very much in line with our strategy of focusing on delivering services from within every layer of the cloud-based hosting model, from the core infrastructure service layer to the complex application hosting layer."

"In our pilot, we were impressed with the ease in which Open-Xchange integrated in our own infrastructure and with its deployment capabilities. The groupware is rich in features and enables us to offer our customers a totally flexible, affordable model allowing feature choice on an individual basis."

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Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.