Scalix Extends Linux-Based Messaging to Blackberry


San Mateo, California-based Scalix’s Wireless Solution extends the company’s email, calendar, address book and Personal Information Management (PIM) functionality to numerous wireless devices, via a number of carriers. Scalix Wireless Solution is designed to connect to Blackberry and wireless PalmOS devices, along with Windows Mobile PDAs, and smart phones from the likes of Samsung and Motorola, and supports wireless carrier services from the likes of Cingular, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

The product uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)/Triple Data Encryption Standard (DES) encryption and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connectivity to provide end-to-end security, and provides wireless access and synchronization with all Scalix Server-based mailbox information, including emails, calendar, contacts and tasks. The product is also available from San Jose, California-based Notify.

Scalix is one of a number of new messaging and collaboration software vendors attempting to challenge Microsoft, Novell and IBM Lotus in the messaging space. The Scalix platform is based on Hewlett-Packard Co’s OpenMail software, which Scalix licensed from HP.

As well as the large incumbents and the open source SendMail, Scalix also faces a challenge from Openexchange Inc, a long-time partner for SUSE Linux and Novell, and more recently Red Hat Inc. Both Novell and Red Hat now resell the company’s Open-Xchange Server email, calendar and document-management technology.

The first commercially supported release of the Open-Xchange technology, which provides server-based email, calendar and document-management functionality, as well as integration with Microsoft Corp Outlook clients and Palm devices, was released as Open-Xchange 5 in April 2005.