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Zapatec Introduces Enterprise-Grade Open Source E-Mail, Calendar and Contacts in the Cloud

BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Zapatec, Inc., a leading provider of Web 2.0 development tools, today introduced 6zap, a full-featured, Web 2.0 collaboration suite that integrates e-mail, calendar and contact functionality. The open source communications platform is available as a pre-configured Amazon Machine Image (AMI) making it simple to deploy on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). By using 6zap in the cloud, Zapatec is providing an intuitive and easy-to-use web-based alternative to Outlook that offers users full control and the ability to customize to their unique needs.

BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Zapatec, Inc., a leading provider of Web 2.0 development tools, today introduced 6zap, a full-featured, Web 2.0 collaboration suite that integrates e-mail, calendar and contact functionality. The open source communications platform is available as a pre-configured Amazon Machine Image (AMI) making it simple to deploy on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). By using 6zap in the cloud, Zapatec is providing an intuitive and easy-to-use web-based alternative to Outlook that offers users full control and the ability to customize to their unique needs.

"Collaboration solutions on the market today either require expensive IT staff to manage the system or, in the case of hosted applications, lack the control over data and software that businesses require," said Dror Matalon, CEO of Zapatec. "With 6zap, businesses can now easily deploy a communications platform that requires no IT expertise, but yet maintain complete control over security and access to the application, which alleviates the concerns about privacy that are inherent with other hosted solutions."

6zap is a single-page AJAX application that provides users with full-featured e-mail, calendar and contact interfaces that have a familiar look and feel, and offers full desktop functionality, without the complexity of other collaboration platforms on the market today. In addition to the basic functionality, these modules include a number of advanced features, including:

— E-mail — drag and drop functionality, unlimited number of nested folders and rich text editing with integrated spell check.

— Calendar — unlimited number of calendars per user, ability to define recurring events, fine-grained sharing control and public view capabilities.

— Contacts — unlimited number of contact details per contact and integrated with other modules to support auto-complete functionality.

As an open source online Web 2.0 collaboration suite, users have the ability to customize and brand the application and have full control over access, to ensure the privacy and security of the system. The 6zap software provides added security by enabling automatic back up via Amazon's Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to protect against data loss.

Businesses can use 6zap in two ways. The 6zap software can be downloaded and installed on servers, or it can be launched on Amazon EC2 as an Amazon AMI under the business' account, taking less than an hour to set up. In both scenarios, businesses have full control of the application, enabling them to add or remove users, customize features and integrate the application with other software.

6zap is now available as a beta version, and is compatible with modern browsers, including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. For more information or to download the 6zap software, visit http://www.6zap.com.

About Zapatec

Founded in January 2002, Zapatec, Inc. is headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., and is the leading provider of AJAX development tools. Zapatec targets medium-to-large enterprise customers. Its roster of customers includes HP, Boeing, Time Warner Cable, Sony, Toyota, Oracle and Cartier. In addition to 6zap, Zapatec offers the Zapatec AJAX Suite, an array of full featured AJAX tools. The company is privately funded. For more information, visit http://www.zapatec.com.

Media contact: Juliet Travis Travis Communications for Zapatec, Inc. +1 510.452.3771 juliet@travispr.com

SOURCE Zapatec, Inc.

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