In the ever-evolving landscape of business collaboration, the demand for solutions that go beyond the conventional is paramount. Enter Zimbra Network Edition Professional, a dynamic collaboration suite designed to redefine how teams interact, communicate, and thrive in a fast-paced work environment.


In an era where collaboration is pivotal to success, the need for a robust and agile platform has never been more critical. Zimbra Network Edition Professional steps into this space, bringing with it a suite of features tailored to meet the demands of modern teamwork.

Zimbra Network Edition Professional: An Overview

  • Elevating Email Communication: Zimbra Network Edition Professional doesn't just handle emails; it transforms them into a central hub for collaboration. With advanced features, it becomes more than a mailbox—it's a communication powerhouse.
  • Unified Collaboration Experience: Zimbra Network Edition Professional provides a unified collaboration experience. Everything teams need—communication, document sharing, and real-time updates—is available within a single, cohesive platform.

Case Study: Zimbra Deployment and Migration for Optimal Collaboration

Scope of the Project:

  • Implementation of Zimbra Collaborative Suite (NE) Professional 9.0 for DC and DR sites.
  • Ensuring high availability of the Zimbra Solution to mitigate any component failure.
  • Migration of old emails from the existing Postfix and Squirrelmail-based mail solution.
  • Implementation of custom rules and parameters to tailor the solution.
  • Integration with IDAM Solution for user provisioning and custom rules deployment.
  • Integration with Newgen’s Document Management Solution for Calendar Sync and SMTP mail transactions.
  • Integration with Liferay System for pulling Zimbra calendar events and SMTP mail transactions.

How Does It Work?

All users utilize the same messaging infrastructure placed in the centralized data centre. User authentication is handled by Zimbra’s native LDAP services, integrated with the IDAM Solution for user authentication and single sign-on (SSO). The mail flow involves scanning all incoming mail for spam/viruses at the gateway device. Outgoing emails are sent to the Zimbra MTA from the mail store server. Web access is facilitated through Zimbra Access servers via Load Balancer, directing users to the respective mail server. Internal mail routing is managed through LMTP/SMTP port within the Zimbra environment using the Zimbra MTA services.

Roles/Description for Components:

  • MTA (Mail Transfer Agent): Responsible for mail routing.
  • Proxy/Access: User-facing server for the OFB Environment behind the Load Balancer, handling user authentication and mailbox access.
  • LDAP Primary: Creates the user directory and authenticates users using LDAP.
  • LDAP Slave: Standby LDAP for authentication if the primary LDAP goes down.
  • Mailbox Server: Stores emails/mailboxes of users.
  • DNS: Assumes the customer provides their own DNS servers.

Solution Highlights:

  • High Availability: Utilized VMware High Availability and Redhat Cluster Suite to ensure local availability of LDAP, Proxy, MTA servers, and Mail-store.
  • Load Balancing: Implemented software/hardware load balancers for MTA and Proxy/Access servers.
  • Disaster Recovery: Established a disaster recovery site with data replicated from the primary using vSphere Replication or storage-based replication.
  • Backup and Restore: Leveraged Zimbra NG Backup and Dumpster feature for robust backup strategies.


The Zimbra Deployment and Migration Project resulted in a seamlessly integrated messaging infrastructure, providing high availability, robust security, and efficient collaboration. Zimbra DeploymentThe organization experienced enhanced communication and collaboration capabilities, demonstrating the adaptability of the Zimbra Collaborative Suite in meeting specific organisational needs. Network Edition (Daffodil, Ver.10).

Tailored Benefits of Zimbra Network Edition Professional

  • Streamlined Communication: Zimbra Network Edition Professional streamlines communication channels, reducing friction in team interactions. Real-time updates, instant messaging, and presence features ensure that communication is swift and effective.
  • Productivity Amplification: The suite amplifies productivity by offering tools designed for efficient task management and time optimization. This results in a workforce that can focus on impactful work without being bogged down by administrative complexities.
  • Cost-Efficiency with Performance: Zimbra Network Edition Professional ensures cost-efficiency without compromising on performance. Organizations can achieve their collaboration goals without exceeding budget constraints, making it an ideal choice for businesses of all sizes.
  • Scalability for Business Growth: As businesses evolve, so do their collaboration needs. Zimbra Network Edition Professional is scalable, adapting seamlessly to the growing demands of an expanding organization. It's not just a tool; it's a partner in the journey of organizational growth.

Advanced Collaborative Toolset: Zimbra Network Edition in Action

  • Instant Messaging and Presence: Real-time communication is taken to the next level with instant messaging and presence features. This fosters quick decision-making, encourages spontaneous collaboration, and builds a sense of connectedness among team members.
  • Secure Document Sharing with Nextcloud: Integration with Nextcloud takes collaboration to new heights. Secure document sharing and collaboration become second nature, enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of teamwork.
  • Advanced Calendaring and Scheduling: The platform redefines how teams manage time. Advanced calendaring and scheduling features empower teams to coordinate seamlessly, ensuring that everyone is on the same page, and deadlines are met with precision.
  • Integrations for Enhanced Collaboration: Zimbra Network Edition Professional seamlessly integrates with a myriad of collaboration tools, creating a unified environment. From project management to document sharing, it offers a holistic approach to collaboration.
  • Mobile Collaboration with Zimbra Mobile (Activesync): Zimbra Network Edition Professional extends collaboration beyond the desk. With Zimbra Mobile (Activesync), teams can collaborate seamlessly on the go, ensuring productivity and connectivity anytime, anywhere.


In conclusion, Zimbra Network Edition Professional stands as a testament to the evolution of collaboration solutions. It's not just about emails or calendars; it's about redefining how teams collaborate and achieve collective success.

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