VMware sell-off continues as it offloads Zimbra

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VMware continues to sell off non-core assets this week as it places Zimbra’s email assets with Telligent, a provider of community- or company-focused social networks.

Late last year, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said the company would divest non-core businesses to pursue its priority of massive enterprise-focused cloud infrastructure. True to his word, VMware sold off Sliderocket to Clearslide in March and Wavemaker to Pramati in May. Now Zimbra, which VMware purchased from Yahoo in early 2010 as part of then CEO Paul Maritz’ push into productivity applications, now joins the diaspora

In this deal, terms of which were not disclosed, Telligent gets Zimbra intellectual property, customers and partners, and the core team. All of which will merge into a single company under the Zimbra name, according to this VMware blog post. And there is at least one huge customer at stake: Comcast customers get Zimbra as their email system.

VMware brought Zimbra aboard less than a year after acquiring SpringSource for $420 million. VMware turned over SpringSource IP to the EMC-VMWare Pivotal spin-off late last year.

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