2020-09-06T08:04:39Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Zimbra Collaboration?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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MS
IT Consultant
Consultant
2022-10-04T14:33:24Z
Oct 4, 2022

Zimbra Collaboration has a better price than Microsoft.

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WZ
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-02T00:28:17Z
Jul 2, 2022

Zimbra Collaboration is expensive, and there is no perpetual license option. Also, their licensing model is unclear, making it difficult to evaluate the value of the solution before buying.

Dhyanesh Thakkar - PeerSpot reviewer
General Manager Sales BFSI at Kyndryl
Real User
Top 10
2022-06-02T08:01:57Z
Jun 2, 2022

There is an annual standard licensing fee to use Zimbra Collaboration and there is no other cost.

LB
ICT Coordinator at CBO
Real User
Top 20
2022-04-25T09:35:00Z
Apr 25, 2022

It's very expensive. Especially in our case, because I'm from Ethiopia, in Africa. When we compare the cost with Google Workspace, it's very expensive.

AA
IT Support Team Leader at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-12-13T10:38:00Z
Dec 13, 2021

We do not pay for licenses to use this solution.

HK
Senior Vice President Operations at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-11-01T15:14:29Z
Nov 1, 2021

When it comes to the licensing of Zimbra Collaboration, my license covers the servers and I find its terms to be much simpler than those of Microsoft Exchange. Microsoft has multiple requirements, such as one concerning the need for the best OS licenses. There are multiple products needed to get Microsoft Exchange to work, but there is also a standalone option available. The licensing of Zimbra Collaboration is better than that of Microsoft Exchange and it's more affordable.

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Tayyab Saeed - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Consultant at NDS
MSP
Top 10
2021-10-26T11:37:04Z
Oct 26, 2021

We are using perpetual licenses. We have deployed it in our local data center, and we buy perpetual licenses on a per-user basis.

Mohammed Yassine TABET ZATLA - PeerSpot reviewer
System and Network Engineer at ADEX TECHNOLOGY
Real User
Top 5
2021-04-14T08:50:02Z
Apr 14, 2021

The solution is very low cost. It's an open-source solution. It's not an expensive option.

JP
Technical Developer at a media company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-01-13T09:53:30Z
Jan 13, 2021

If you choose the network edition, it is a little pricier. They have the open-source edition too which is only community supported.

HD
Control Department Head of Information Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-09-06T08:04:39Z
Sep 6, 2020

Zimbra Collaboration is less expensive than Microsoft Exchange. Zimbra works for small companies because it is not expensive. Zimbra Collaboration has more security tools than Microsoft Exchange. If you are choosing between Zimbra Collaboration and Microsoft Exchange, you have to take into account the cost of security tools with Microsoft Exchange. When you purchase Microsoft Exchange, you will also have to purchase tools for security, which adds to the cost. The migration from Zimbra Collaboration to another email solution is very simple and easy. Migration from Microsoft Exchange to another email solution is very difficult. Microsoft doesn't allow migration that easily. In fact, you have to pay for tools to do that. You have to buy some expensive tools to migrate.

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Zimbra is a free, open source collaborative software suite. The features I like best are the ease of integration and the email, calendar, and collaboration server with web interface. In addition, I find it very helpful that Zimbra includes a native two-way sync to multiple mobile devices like iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and others. Zimbra also provides a myriad of other tools, and what’s more is that there are two different versions to choose from (Opensource and a Network Edition/Enterprise), allowing you to select the version that’s more appropriate for your needs. Another great thing about it is that it is light to manage, provides integrated tools for security, and works on Linux operating systems, which I believe to be far better than managing Microsoft Windows. It is also very straightforward to migrate from Zimbra Collaboration to another email solution. Although Zimbra is a great solution for the most part, it would be great if they made it possible for users to connect their accounts without using webmail or logging into webmail every time. Email applications should easily connect on the desktop to the Zimbra server. I also think there is room for improvement for their storage management, allowing you ways to save emails that don’t take up storage or server space. In contrast to Zimbra, Microsoft Exchange makes it easier to manage storage. For example, you can have massive storage capacity with 100GBs per user mailbox. Microsoft Exchange also offers complete scalability and flexibility. Despite all these benefits, the solution needs more integration with other platforms and I wish it had anti-malware functionality built into the basic version. Beyond that, if you are a fan of Microsoft, it might be ok for you, but I personally don’t like its interface. However, the solution is stable and technical support is decent. Conclusion:I chose Zimbra for myself because although Microsoft Exchange can support a huge storage capacity, I don’t need it for that. I need Zimbra for other features that I would expect from any modern webmail client, ranging from webmail to contact lists to folders and a number of pluggable extensions that all work very well. Additionally, I went with Zimbra instead of Microsoft because it is a comparable product but less expensive.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Jul 2, 2022
Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Zimbra Collaboration. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
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HD
Control Department Head of Information Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 6, 2020
Zimbra must improve its solution to make it easy so that the users don't have to use webmail to connect to their accounts and log in to webmail every time. This is something that is lacking in Zimbra Collaboration. They should provide a better way to easily connect email applications on the desktop to the Zimbra server. They should also try to have more functionality for storage management, like Microsoft Exchange. Currently, the management of the email data must be done manually in Zimbra Collaboration, which we are finding very difficult. They should provide a way to save emails so that you can have more space on the server and storage. Because of the lack of this functionality, we are planning to migrate to Microsoft Exchange. Microsoft Exchange provides a better way to manage storage than Zimbra Collaboration. You cannot have a mail solution without storage management because emails will always increase. Zimbra Collaboration also needs tools for management. More back-office tools are required to manage the whole mailbox and space. You don't only manage emails but also the documents attached to the emails. Therefore, you require tools to select and decide what do you want to save or how do you want to free up space in your infrastructure.
CL
Solution Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Feb 22, 2021
There are security & performance issues which is one of the concerns of using an open-source product.
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