New Linux Server Launched in U.K. for Small and Medium Business


BEDFORD, Massachusetts, August 29
-With Interactive Ideas as its First U.K. Distributor, Collax Offers Battle-Tested Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Small Business Server

Solution providers can now offer small and medium businesses a choice-bringing the security, power, flexibility and cost-savings of Linux - with the U.K. launch of Collax server solutions. Interactive Ideas will handle Collax product aggregation and distribution while working together with Collax to generate leads and create new sales opportunities for channel partners.

Due to an easy-to-use, intuitive graphical interface, no Linux know-how is required for running the Collax server solutions. The company's flagship software product, the Collax Business Server, delivers a suite of open source applications for security, networking, and communication to run a small or growing business. The Collax Security Gateway is an open source-based Unified-Threat-Management solution and the Collax Open-Xchange Server is a groupware solution. All products are available either as software only or a plug-and-play appliance.

"We are excited to be working with Collax, their turnkey solutions for SMBs are exactly what the channel needs to speed the adoption of Linux in this market," commented Mike Trup, Interactive Ideas Managing Director. "There is huge demand from SMBs to learn about the benefits of Linux to their business, but up until now there hasn't been a complete, out of box solution that is required for large scale adoption."

"According to IDC*, the Linux server market is growing at 23 percent - and is expected to reach a volume of $11 billion in 2008*. The adoption of simple, low cost, easy-to-use open source solutions will add to this expansion and Collax, as an alternative to Microsoft, is at the forefront," says Olaf Jacobi, chief executive officer, Collax. "A strong channel is key to our success and we are happy to have Interactive Ideas as our first UK distributor."

Collax Product Portfolio
Collax develops and markets server solutions for security, networking, and communication, integrated with an easy-to-use GUI (graphical user interface) for installation, updates and maintenance. No Linux know-how is required. All Collax server solutions can be easily integrated into any existing network infrastructure and run on every x86-platform. The current offering includes:

Collax Business Server is a Linux-based server solution, which offers security, networking and communication functions and requires no Linux know-how. It is available as a free software license for up to five non-commercial users, and can scale for use in small to medium-sized businesses and distributed branch offices of large enterprises.

Collax Open-Xchange Server is a collaboration suite, which offers tools to facilitate communication for personal information management as well as efficient team collaboration - whether project management, customer care or internal workflows. Available either as a software subscription or pre-configured hardware appliance including software, the server is easily integrated into any existing network infrastructure.

Collax Security Gateway is an Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutionwhich provides Web, e-mail and network security. Available either as a software subscription or pre-configured hardware appliance, the server is easily integrated into any existing network infrastructure. Features include anti-virus, intrusion detection (IDS), intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-spam, firewall, VPN, Web content filtering, and networking, such as traffic management and multi-WAN integrated into a single management platform.

Collax Appliances are pre-installed, turn-key solutions that combine software and hardware to provide ease of use with no Linux knowledge required. Depending on a company's size and intended level of use, a Collax appliance will be configured for maximum benefit.

* Source IDC Study:
'The Linux Marketplace - Moving form Niche to Mainstream', Dec 2004, IDC
#32424

About Interactive Ideas
Interactive is the leading distributor of Linux and Security Solutions in
the UK. It has been involved in distributing Open Source products for almost
10 years and has relationships with all the leading vendors. It recently
launched its Linux website, linuxvar.co.uk as a way of promoting Linux
solutions to the SME marketplace. Based in Enfield in London, it works with
solution providers in both the SME and Enterprise space, providing an
unparalleled level of service. In 2001, founder Michael Trup, was named as a
'Future Entrepreneur of the Year' by Enterprise Magazine and in 2003
Interactive Ideas was awarded 'Inner City 100' status as one of the fastest
growing companies in the UK based in an inner city area.

About Collax - Simply Linux
Collax simplifies Linux. The company develops Linux-based server
solutions (with or without hardware) for SMEs, as well as for departments and
branch offices. Collax solutions are used as groupware, file, E-mail and web
servers, and as VPN and security gateways incorporating firewalls, virus and
spam protection and web content filters. The Collax doctrine - 'Simply Linux'
- is epitomised by a simple and uniform user interface. This interface
conceals the best-of-breed open source components which have been carefully
selected and tested by Collax. The results are secure, economical and
scaleable server solutions which can be operated without any Linux know-how.
All Collax solutions can be easily integrated into Windows, Macintosh and
Linux networks. The company is based in Bedford/MA, USA, and has a branch in
Ismaning near Munich. Further information about Collax is available on the
Internet at www.collax.com

Contact Interactive Ideas:
Conor O'Dwyer
Tel: +44(0)20-8805-1000
E-mail: conoro@interactiveideas.com
www.interactiveideas.com

Contact Collax Inc.:
Olaf Jacobi
Tel: +1-781-879-1150-222
E-mail: olaf.jacobi@collax.com

Press contact EMEA:
essential media GmbH
Dr. Petra Gulz
Tel.: +49(0)89-74-72-62-43
E-mail: petra.gulz@essentialmedia.de

Source: Collax Inc.

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