A.P. Mahesh Bank Deploys VMware Zimbra Collaboration Suite

The solution offers email, calendar and integrated unified communications built for the post-PC era.


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VMware has announced that A.P. Mahesh Co-operative Urban Bank has deployed the VMware Zimbra Collaboration Suite to help the bank take advantage of an enterprise-class email, calendar and collaboration solution. With 39 branches across the country, the Hyderabad-based A.P. Mahesh Co-operative Urban Bank is a premier co-operative financial institution with diversified banking products. With growing complexity and limited support, administering multiple mail servers for the bank’s branches was a challenge.

“We have been successfully using VMware products that have helped us improve the performance and scalability of our IT environment, which has in turn enabled our business with the flexibility and agility we require in the banking sector,” said Umesh Asawa, managing director and CEO, A.P. Mahesh Bank. “As our operations grew, we were looking for a solution that could help us address the challenges we were facing with our existing mail environment and evaluated many options before deploying VMware Zimbra. "The move to the Zimbra platform has helped us save on capital and operational expenses without compromising functionality,” he added.

A.P. Mahesh Bank deployed VMware Zimbra Collaboration Suite, an enterprise-class email, calendar and collaboration solution to replace its existing messaging solution that was growing complex to manage. The business-critical solution has also been deployed on VMware vSphere, the virtualization and cloud infrastructure platform that can deliver high availability, disaster recovery and backup for the solution, helping protect it against hardware disruptions. “Helping AP Mahesh Bank transition to the VMware Zimbra platform has been a very rewarding experience for us," he added.

Zimbra Collaboration Suite’s advanced features, browser-based interface and open source integration can help organizations significantly reduce costs and drive collaboration and productivity amongst employees,” said Pravin Mohite, CEO of Olive Solutions, a Hyderabad-based VMware partner that carried out the deployment at A.P. Mahesh Bank.

“We’re witnessing a fundamental shift in the way people work, and in turn, a new set of demands that are put on IT infrastructure and applications like email and integration communications,” said Vinod Krishnan, director – Advanced Technologies, VMware India & SAARC. “VMware Zimbra is designed to help end-users more efficient by connecting them with their data while providing IT departments a simple way to manage the transition to a public or private cloud and help deliver the benefits promised by the post-PC era.” 

Zimbra offers all organizations, from enterprise companies to small businesses, a clear path for moving messaging and collaboration to the cloud, while delivering the advanced features and enterprise functionality that users demand. Built on the power of VMware’s virtualization and cloud expertise, Zimbra can be deployed in a private cloud as a virtual appliance or hosted in the public cloud, making it easy for IT to deploy, manage and scale at significantly lower costs compared to other solutions.

A feature-rich web client interface, open source integration, easy administration and built-in anti-spam and antivirus protection make Zimbra simple and easy to use. Customers in India have the option of deploying Zimbra either in their own datacenter or via a VMware vCloud partner who can host the application as a service.