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Zimbra is the latest in a series of VMware divestments aimed at refocusing the company on its core virtualisation business

Zimbra is the latest in a series of VMware divestments aimed at refocusing the company on its core virtualisation business

Server virtualisation pioneer VMware on Monday announced that it will sell Zimbra, an email messaging and collaboration service provider, to Telligent, an enterprise social software company.

Although the price of the deal has not been announced the terms of the acquisition will see the Zimbra team, intellectual property and customer base will move over to Telligent.

“It was important to VMware to find a buyer that would be a good home for Zimbra’s people, customers and partners, and we believe Telligent is a great fit,” said Erik Frieberg, vice president of product marketing, end-user computing, VMware on the company’s blog.

“VMware will continue working with Telligent as a strategic partner to maximize customer and partner continuity, which includes maintaining a minority equity investment in Telligent along with a number of other investors,” Frieberg said.

Zimbra was originally acquired by VMware from Yahoo in 2010, but over the past six months the company has undergone a major transition as it refocuses resources on its strategic priorities for 2013.

“As we focus on the software-defined data center, hybrid cloud and end-user computing opportunities ahead, it was important for us to find a great fit for Zimbra’s people, customers and partners, and we found it with Telligent,” said Carl Eschenbach, president and chief operating officer, VMware.

Zimbra is the latest in a series of assets to be sold off by VMware as of late, as the company announced a huge change in direction in January this year. In March the company sold off SlideRocket, a cloud-based presentation maker, and in May punted off WaveMaker, a utility that eases the process of developing Java-based applications. According to an initial statement about Zimbra’s acquisition, the sale “marks the completion of VMware’s divestitures associated with realignment actions announced previously on Jan. 28, 2013.”

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