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Scandinavian Hoster Provides Customers Free Mobile Email

Surftown A/SC partners with Open-Xchange to enter into cloud application market

Open-Xchange, the supplier of business-class email and groupware for cloud providers, today announced an agreement with Surftown -- the leader in domain name registration and web hosting in Scandinavia -- to bring cloud-based communication and collaboration to more than 500,000 users.

By the end of Q3 2011, Surftown customers will have the easy-to-use, integrated email, calendar and contact management from Open-Xchange. The cloud-based application can be accessed with a standard Internet browser (without installing software) and a PC, notebook, iPad or smartphone.

“Scandinavia is at the forefront of adopting new Internet and mobility technologies,” says Morten Felsvang, CEO of Surftown. “By providing consumers, as well as business customers, with cloud-based services, Open-Xchange is the perfect partner for differentiation in a highly-competitive hosting market.”

“Surftown is one of the first service providers to utilize the recently released Open-Xchange Mobile Web App that enables their customers access to emails, contacts and calendars via smartphones,” said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. “With Social OX — where personal contacts from social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn or Xing can be added to the Open-Xchange address book -- users can access that information on their mobile devices without having to do anything further.”

By deploying the Open-Xchange in-application upsell mechanism, customers of Surftown’s standard hosting packages will be able to easily upgrade to premium features such as advanced sharing and document management functions. In addition, the Open-Xchange basic groupware package will become part of Surftown´s high-end hosting offering that provides small- and medium-sized businesses with a one-stop Internet presence and communication solution. Additionally, organizations that simply need a business-class email and collaboration solution can get it as an off-the-shelf product while Surftown handles transfer services to enable an easy and smooth transition.

With more than 24 million users, Open-Xchange is now the world's leading technology supplier of hosted groupware. Open-Xchange integrates email, calendar, contact and task management with advanced groupware features such as information management and document sharing, along with cutting-edge social network integration. By adding the Open-Xchange mobility capabilities, users can receive push email and synchronization of contacts, calendar and other information from their Open-Xchange account to their smartphones, including iPhone, Android-based devices, Nokia, Windows Mobile and others.

Surftown is an award-winning Scandinavian provider of cloud services started in 2003 and currently with 100.000 customer contracts, more than 200.000 domain names under management and 500.000 individual mail accounts.

Open-Xchange is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source email and collaboration solutions. For more information, visit www.open-xchange.com.

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Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.