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US Hosting Provider Selects Open-Xchange for 10 Million Email Accounts

The Endurance International Group replaces webmail and offers cloud collaboration to users

Open-Xchange, a supplier of business-class email and collaboration software, announced its partnership with The Endurance International Group, a leading provider of domains, hosting and online services. The agreement will bring cloud-based communications and collaboration to more than 2 million Endurance customers.

"We are ardent advocates of open platforms, and were very particular when selecting a new email platform for our clients," said Hari Ravichandran, founder and CEO of The Endurance International Group. "With the switch to Open-Xchange, we're giving our users outstanding email service, as well as options for collaboration that are on par with those of large enterprises. The efficiency and communications options Open-Xchange presents will give our customers a distinct competitive advantage."

With more than 42 million users at the end of last year, Open-Xchange is among the leading messaging and collaboration cloud suites, providing a seamless user experience across platforms and devices, as well as social and business networks.

Open-Xchange integrates email, calendar, contact and task management with advanced collaboration and cutting-edge social network integration. Personal contacts from social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn or Xing can be easily added to the Open-Xchange address book. By adding Open-Xchange mobility capabilities, users can push email and synchronize contacts, calendars and other information from their Open-Xchange accounts to their smartphones, including iPhone, Android-based devices, Nokia and Windows Phone.

"Endurance has one of the largest bases of online small-business customers in the world. This is a very significant strategic win for Open-Xchange," said Philbert Shih, managing director and founder, Structure Research. "Endurance will greatly benefit from being able to offer its customers the next generation of Open-Xchange, which will include significant new changes to the user experience when introduced later this year. We continue to see email and collaboration as growth centers in the cloud services world and believe hosters have a unique opportunity to raise ARPU (average revenue per user) and enhance customer retention."

"Open-Xchange is no stranger to helping clients thrive," said Rafael Laguna, CEO, Open-Xchange. "Endurance customers will find their email experience improves significantly with the ability to customize their email clients to fit their personal and business needs. Add-on and upgrade options will provide customers additional flexibility. All told, Endurance customers will have advanced communication capabilities that will help them grow their businesses."

More Stories By Glenn Rossman

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.