VMware's Deal to Buy Zimbra: Cloudy With a Chance of Growth


Back in 2006, I had a chance to meet up with Satish Dharmaraj, a tech veteran who had a new start-up: Zimbra. It's software was impressive. Using the new dynamic Web-based technologies that would become known as AJAX, as well as cloud computing, Zimbra essentially turned your browser into a full-blown corporate email system. You could drag-and-drop items, tag messages, share group calendars and documents, and even use mash-ups with applications such as Google (GOOG) Maps. More important, it was much cheaper than Microsoft's (MSFT) Exchange email offering.