Global retailer's IT is blueprint for Open Source alliance

Sirius Corporation and Scalix have announced an alliance to promote the deployment of Open Source groupware solutions in European enterprises. The companies already share Specsavers Opticians Group as a major client, and are looking to use its integration of Open Source technologies as a template for similar enterprises.

The partnership will see Scalix's award winning e-mail and calendaring technologies incorporated into the Sirius Enterprise Stack.

The integration of Scalix's technologies into the Sirius Enterprise Stack will be complete during the third quarter of 2007, the companies said.

Mark Taylor, CEO at Sirius Corporation, said the partnership will "fill the gap in the complete Open Source stack."

Many of our client are crying out for a fully supported, feature-rich groupware solution that works with Microsoft Outlook without incurring the licensing fees of Microsoft Exchange. That's what Scalix delivers."

Scalix's vice president of sales EMEA, Jim Docherty, added that the partnership would bring "true enterprise-level support for our customers in the UK".

About Scalix Corporation

Scalix is the leading Linux email, calendaring and messaging company. Scalix allows companies to reduce the cost and complexity of messaging with a richly-featured, field-proven collaboration platform based on Linux and open standards, and supported by an open source development model. The Scalix products provide flexibility and freedom of choice, helping enterprises achieve independence from vendor, technology and licensing lock-in. With over 1 million mailboxes deployed, 90,000 Community Edition downloads, more than 4,000 community forum members and over 500 corporate customers, Scalix Collaboration Platform is the most field-proven Linux email and group calendaring solution available to enterprises today. The privately held company is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices and distribution partners in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

For more information, visit the Scalix website.

About Sirius Corporation

Sirius Corporation is a leading European IT services group specialising in enterprise-ready Open Source software including databases, email systems, file & print, directory services, and cross-platform authentication. Client's include blue-chip multi-nationals and public sector organisations.

For more information visit the Sirius Corporation website or contact Tom Callway on 0870 608 0063.