Why Zimbras Collaboration Platform Jumped on Mezeos Cloud

It's been about a year since since Telligent acquired Zimbra in the social enterprise software space. Telligent rebranded to Zimbra's platform.

Zimbra is confident in its platform, no doubt. It's a regular in the Magic Quadrants and Waves for social software and communities, and in March it released its latest update of its community software solution: Zimbra Community 8.0, featuring customer support and private social networking for remote and mobile workers. 

Today Zimbra brings a level of security to its platform its CEO said is unmatched. It acquired Mezeo Software, which provides file sharing and cloud storage capabilities for service providers, governments and other companies.

This allows Zimbra to use Mezeo’s technology portfolio that includes patents that cover aspects of storage efficiency and file security, and it adds file sync and share for secure and private collaboration.

What Mezeo Brings

In Mezeo’s cloud storage architecture, Zimbra officials said the emphasis on security is strong. It is well suited for service provider partners that want to expand with a secure, highly available storage-as-a-service offering, they added.

Mezeo’s encryption technology was attractive to Zimbra, its CEO, Patrick Brandt, told CMSWire. It can be deployed on-premise to meet data privacy and compliance requirements. He compared the combination of Mezeo’s user design and Zimbra’s mobile-first approach with a Dropbox-like experience.

Where Zimbra (internal collaboration) and Telligent (social) together support a "unified collaboration stack," Mezeo brings enterprise file-sync-and-share. It helps because Zimbra distributes most of its software through a global partner network where providers host Zimbra's capabilities. Zimbra also distributes through resellers.

Mezeo "does such a fantastic job anchoring our platform for different types of collaboration," Brandt said. 

Zimbra, based in Frisco, Texas, does 60 percent of its business outside of the US, which makes data protection "extremely important," Brandt said.

The public cloud has helped "create a real desire for more and more security and privacy around data," Brandt added. Mezeo, in this regard, is a "natural extension of our existing applications" because of its file-sync-and-share capabilities for a "strong component of security and collaboration."

"Our email users, instead of adding attachments, they're adding a secure link," Brandt told CMSWire. 

Integration Issues?

Integration will be smooth, Brandt promised. There are two products: MezeoFile, a file sync and share application, and MezeoCloud, an on-premise cloud storage platform. Brandt said: 

We usually focus on getting integrated very quickly. We usually assemble a SWAT team approach to integration within 100 days, and, in this case, given some of the capabilities of the products we already have, we think in 60 to 90 days we can have a light integration in a rebranded product under Zimbra."

Brandt would not disclose acquisition pricing or the number of employees at either organization. 

John Eastman, CTO of Mezeo, added in a statement:

Today’s service providers demand capabilities that are secure and private, but which also integrate into existing systems, applications and processes. That’s why we built our solutions to fight loss of control and business data leaks. Our features and benefits complement Zimbra’s approach to security and privacy, and together we will enable Zimbra’s customers and partners to launch new file sync and share functionality quickly and securely."