The rumors about Yahoo selling Zimbra have finally become fact. Today, VMware announced that it’s acquired the open source email and collaboration specialist, and although the financial details weren’t disclosed, corporate representatives on all sides of the transaction seem pleased.
Let’s start with someone who works for the buyer. Brian Byun, VMware’s Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Services, said in a statement, "[W]e expect more organizations, especially small and medium size businesses, to increasingly buy core IT solutions that deliver cloud-like simplicity in end-user and operational experience. Zimbra is a great example of the type of scalable ‘cloud era’ solutions that can span smaller, on-premise implementations to the cloud."
That might not mean Yahoo’s missing out on a lot of fantastic opportunities, however. It’s important to keep in mind that the sale was voluntary, and not some kind of takeover, of course.
Also, Jim Morrisroe, Vice President of Sales at Zimbra, wrote on its corporate blog, "Zimbra’s technologies have and will continue to play a role in Yahoo!’s communications services, including Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Calendar. The Yahoo! team is very happy for us, our customers and our community as we prepare to enter this new era. We owe Yahoo! a great deal of appreciation for their support."
So until the companies reveal a purchase price through an SEC filing – or it leaks some other way – it looks like the matter’s about wrapped up. The deal is supposed to close this quarter.