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VMware sell-off continues as it offloads Zimbra

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VMware (s vmw) 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.

3 Responses to “VMware sell-off continues as it offloads Zimbra”

  1. Nelson Huygen

    Zimbra was an albatross around Yahoo’s neck, and it was an albatross around VMware’s neck. At the end of the day, Zimbra delivers nothing of value that cannot be delivered by a pure open source solution such as Citadel or Kolab. If people truly want to overpay for a messaging and collaboration system, they’re generally going to go with Exchange.

    Kudos to VMware for unloading the albatross.

  2. Makes you wonder whether they even had a strategy back then! At least they do now. I’ve always associated VMWare with virtualisation, and their portfolio around management of infrastructure. This links with some acquisitions like Springsource (which acquired Hyperic). They’ve now stated that actually is their strategy, which is a good sign they’re becoming more focused.

    Perhaps it’s the end of the old days of bloat, given the competition they’re facing in the cloud from AWS, OpenStack and even Microsoft.

    • J Meyer

      Or … they will prove the corollary law … “It’s always brightest just before things go completely dark.” Those cloud offerings may be bright to (former?) enterprise customers but possibly darker than the darkest haboob to VMware.