Open-Xchange together with new partner Red Hat, announced a discounted bundle of open-source products that can be used to offer e-mail, directory, file sharing and other collaborative services.
The move comes as Open-Xchange, launched in 2004 in Olpe, Germany, seeks a niche in the competitive market for alternative open-source products.
For US$1,150, Open-Xchange is offering three software products: the open-source operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Application Server and Open-Xchange 5, an open-source collaboration platform.
If sold separately, the products would cost a total US$2,198, according to company spokesman Christian Egle.
The products can be purchased at the company's Web site: www.open-xchange.com.
Until now, Open-Xchange 5 has run only on SuSE Linux, a competitor to Red Hat. Novell acquired SuSE in 2003. Open-Xchange still runs on SuSE.
Open-Xchange, which is based in New York, maintains its product development activities in Olpe.