Wednesday, September 30, 2009

IBM, Canonical and ZSL Launch Client for Smart Work

IBM Client for Smart Work Helps Bridge the Digital Divide for Businesses

ARMONK, NY and JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - 23 Sep 2009 – Today IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Canonical are introducing a new, flexible personal computing software package for netbooks and other thin client devices to help businesses in Africa bridge the digital divide by leapfrogging traditional PCs and proprietary software. This is the first cloud- and premise-based Linux netbook software package offered by IBM and Canonical. Part of IBM's Smart Work Initiative, the new package targets the rising popularity of low-cost netbooks to make IBM's industrial-strength software affordable to new, mass audiences in Africa. Businesses that could not afford traditional PCs for all employees can now use any type of device and low-cost software to enable all workers to work smarter anywhere using a variety of devices, regardless of the level of communications infrastructure.

The IBM Client for Smart Work is now available across Africa and is being piloted for other emerging and growth markets worldwide. The solution includes open standards-based email, word processing, spreadsheets, unified communication, social networking and other software for any laptop, netbook, or a variety of mobile devices. It runs on Canonical's Ubuntu Linux operating system, and provides the option to deliver collaboration through the Web in a cloud service model. This software bundle can also be extended to virtualized workspaces using VERDE from Virtual Bridges, which is available locally through business partners and voice-based collaboration pilots through IBM Research. IBM estimates that it delivers up to 50 percent savings per seat versus a Microsoft-based desktop.

"Businesses in emerging markets are looking to gain the freedom and flexibility afforded by open standards,” said Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software. “The IBM Client for Smart Work builds on the movement toward open standards and Web-based personal computing by giving people the power to work smarter, regardless of device."

The IBM smart client package can help African governments deliver open standards using Open Document Format (ODF), which contributes toward the savings of up to 50 percent per individual seat versus a Microsoft-based desktop based on licensing, administration and maintenance. The reduction of personal computing costs may enable governments to transfer information technology expenditures to fund mission-critical initiatives such as crisis management, education and health care.

"Starting with Africa, we see that this smart client package can help realize our vision of eliminating barriers to computer access for emerging markets,” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder, Canonical. “Our IBM partnership brings together the strengths of collaboration to help our customers work smarter using this new approach."

With this new package, businesses can cultivate new suppliers and partners over the Web through IBM's, which will allow them to expand service to new customers beyond their local area. Through virtualization of this collaboration software, they can exponentially increase their computing and collaboration power without additional infrastructure costs.

A network of local service providers such as Inkululeko and ZSL Inc. is expected to extend the IBM Client locally throughout Africa to government, educational institutions and businesses. In addition to local service providers, IBM will also work with leading universities such as Makerere university and academic consortiums to bring this new computing model down to individuals in the employment or attendance of learning institutions.

“Software is an important enabler of the service industry,” said Professor Venansius Barya Baryamureeba, Dean, Faculty of Computing and IT, Makerere University, Uganda. “However most of the good software is unaffordable by most of the users in developing countries, hence most users in developing countries have resorted to pirated software and free software. But most free software packages can be a nightmare of setup woes, training costs, and processes that just don't fit your organization. The hope lies in affordable software that is as good as proprietary software, which benefits from economies of scales as a result of targeting a mass market.”

How companies can benefit from IBM Client for Smart Work A business can use to build a new network of partners and suppliers to lower costs and reach new customers in outlying areas. LotusLive provides capabilities such as file sharing, online meetings, instant messaging and social networking, starting at only $10 per month. A business can use to build a new network of partners and suppliers to lower costs and reach new customers in outlying areas. LotusLive provides capabilities such as file sharing, online meetings, instant messaging and social networking, starting at only $10 per month.

Desktop virtualization: With desktop virtualization based on VERDE software from Virtual Bridges and provided through Inkululeko, organizations can keep costs low through the use of thin-client hardware.

Voice computing: A primary physician could make visits to rural villages and collaborate with other medical experts without IT infrastructure using voice access to this smart client. The doctor could send and receive messages with detailed documents that diagnose a patient's condition, combining firsthand knowledge with recorded and live human expertise far away to determine -- in real-time -- the best treatment for the patient.

Industry trends fueling the IBM Client for Smart Work According to ABI Research, netbook computer sales are expected to quadruple from 35 million in 2009 to 139 million by 2013. ABI Research predicts that Linux will outgrow Windows on netbooks by 2012. More than 30 percent of netbooks are sold with Linux, which reduces their cost substantially below the typical retail cost of personal computers running Windows XP.

Amid the global economic downturn, businesses in established markets have explored ways to create greater efficiencies and lower IT costs. Emerging markets, however, are evaluating how to equip their workforces with the ways and means to manufacture, service and sell more. Controlling overhead costs are critical, but instead of replacing more expensive technologies, as in G7 nations, Africa and other emerging markets are looking to build out their commercial sectors using new, open systems that do not limit future expansion with proprietary restrictions, IT silos and licensing fees.

Details on the IBM Client for Smart Work
The standard package of collaboration software from IBM that works on Ubuntu includes Lotus Notes or iNotes (Lotus Notes delivered as a Web-based service), Lotus Symphony, Lotus Sametime and LotusLive components. This package can be modified to also include WebSphere Portal intranet software, Lotus Connections for on-premise social networking, and Lotus Quickr for file and repository management.

The IBM Client for Smart Work augments IBM's open desktop software on Ubuntu with access to Web 2.0 collaboration software delivered as a service from IBM's LotusLive provides a full range of collaboration and social networking services that allow individuals and businesses to work securely across firewalls with people in other organizations and form communities in the cloud with key partners, suppliers and customers. LotusLive can be accessed through Ubuntu-based netbook computers, thin hardware clients or even older desktops and laptops.

Pricing and Availability
Price varies depending on configuration and support requirements.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ZSL Signs Partnership with Apprenda

Edison, September 22, 2009 – ZSL, a leading ISV & Global Software Solutions and Services provider, based out of Edison, New Jersey has signed a partnership with Apprenda, to leverage their SaaSGrid SaaS Application Server for developing and delivering cost effective SaaS-based enterprise applications to its customers worldwide.

ZSL being a veteran in adopting and implementing emerging technologies has chosen SaaSGrid as a foundational technology for their future offerings. ZSL’s solutions and services come with flexible deployment models – SaaS, Cloud-based and On-premises – aligning to the customer needs and their business growth.

“SaaSGrid aligns with our SaaS and Cloud strategy perfectly”, said Shiv Kumar, Executive Vice President. “It provides us with a firm foundation for rapidly building and delivering real multitenant SaaS offerings, and gives us and our customers everything needed to operate a SaaS business model.”

ZSL has already deployed one of their flagship products, SocNet on SaaSGrid and will begin offering it to their customers in the coming months.
“SaaSGrid is quickly becoming the solution of choice for ISVs large and small as they make the move to SaaS,” said Jesse Kliza, Director of Business Development at Apprenda. “We’re excited to begin working more closely with ZSL as they build their SaaS practice around SaaSGrid.”

About Apprenda
Apprenda is the creator of SaaSGrid, a powerful SaaS Application Server that eliminates the difficulties of building and delivering Software as a Service. SaaSGrid greatly reduces the barrier to entry for SaaS by smashing significant technical hurdles like multi-tenancy and grid scalability, while at the same time providing "out of the box" application services like metering and monetization, billing and subscriber management, and much more. This leaves developers with one job: to build on-demand software that meets customers' needs without worrying about the difficulties of on-demand delivery. For more information visit Apprenda's website at:

About ZSL
ZSL is a global technology integrator and solution provider based in Edison, NJ with more than 2000 employees worldwide focused in developing and delivering enterprise IT solutions and services using the emerging technology platforms to keep the TCO low and ROI high. ZSL is a pioneer in business and technology solutions, innovations, has expertise in providing Onshore, Offshore & Near shore technology solutions and services to the enterprises worldwide.We're happy to announce that ZSL has been recognized and listed in CRN Fast Growth 100 for the year 2009 and ranked 244th among North America's Top 500 Technology Integrators in VARBusiness 500 list and also won “Top Technology Practices” Award for Excellence in “Greenware Computing”. Visit to know more about ZSL and its offerings.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

ZSL Recognized Once Again on the CRN Fast Growth 100 for the Year 2009

Edison, NJ, September 2, 2009 - ZSL, Inc a global technology integrator and solution provider, today announced that it has been recognized by Everything Channel on the Fast Growth 100 list. The Fast Growth 100 recognizes the fastest growing Solution Providers in the industry today, with growth rates in excess of 55 percent.

Robert C. DeMarzo, senior vice president and editorial director for Everything Channel editorial, said, “The companies that are included on the Fast Growth 100 are channel industry leaders. They offer business-oriented IT consulting and work closely with their customers to integrate multivendor IT solutions as well as cutting-edge technologies. In addition, they understand the importance of strong sales philosophies. We congratulate ZSL on their well-earned success.”
"We’re honored to be a member of the CRN Fast Growth 100 for the third consecutive year. Our inclusion on this list reflects the addition and growth of our new industry solutions and services around the emerging technologies. This is recognition of the overall hard work of the highly talented people of ZSL and their ongoing contributions to our growth globally" says Shiv Kumar, EVP, ZSL.

The Fast Growth 100 has an average two-year revenue growth (‘06-’08) of 87 percent, and average annual sales of products and services of $198.2 million. To be eligible for the 2009 Fast Growth 100, companies must be an IT solution provider; be based in the U.S.; have had net sales of at least $1,000,000 in calendar year 2006; and be an independent company.
The Fast Growth 100 rank is based on two years’ growth of net sales from calendar year 2006 to calendar year 2008. Net sales were verified by public filings when possible. All private companies provided a signed affidavit attesting to the accuracy of the reported 2006 and 2008 net sales figures or accountant-reviewed financials or audited financials. Affidavits were signed by an owner or officer of the company or by a CPA representing the company. Affidavits and financials are on file in Manhasset, NY.

About ZSL
ZSL Inc, a global technology integrator and solution provider based in Edison, NJ with more than 2000 employees worldwide focused in developing and delivering enterprise IT solutions and services using the emerging technology platforms to keep the TCO low and ROI high. ZSL specialized in leveraging the technology infrastructure to offer the best business solutions in variety of vertical markets globally with the right vendor partnership. ZSL ranked 244th among North America's Top 500 Technology Integrators by Everything Channel's VARBusiness and listed #76 in the CRN Fast growth 100 list. For more information on ZSL's solutions and services portfolio, please visit

About Everything Channel (,
Everything Channel is the one-stop shop for managing and accelerating technology sales. From branding and recruiting to marketing and sales, Everything Channel offers technology marketers the unmatched breadth and depth of global brands and market intelligence combined with unparalleled audience loyalty and credibility serving all technology sales channels through an extensive database. Everything Channel provides innovative field sales and marketing solutions to arm the sellers of technology with the resources they need to achieve measurable and significant results.

About Everything Channel (
UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM’s businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists – with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

Contact Information:
ZSL Inc 85 Lincoln Highway Edison,NJ 08820 Ph: 732 549 9770 Fax: 732 767 6644

Maureen ParkEverything Channel (516)562-5942

ZSL, IBM & Canonical Hosts Live Webinar on Open Source Corporate Desktop Solutions on September 16, 2009 between 12.00 – 1.00 PM EDT

ZSL Invites you for a Live Webinar on Open Source Corporate Desktop solutions & services jointly hosted with IBM & Canonical. This webinar helps you know how to free up your IT budgets and invest for growth by leveraging the open-source based integrated collaborative desktop solution. This event explains you about executing a Liberate-Migrate-Virtualize Smarter Collaboration cost reduction strategy that can help you focus on value, exploit opportunities, and act with speed. This includes

• IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS) for Ubuntu: Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony, Lotus Sametime, and Lotus Connections
• Canonical for the Ubuntu Linux operating system
• VERDE from Virtual Bridges for virtual desktops
• ZSL’s desktop and collaboration services

This webinar will give an insight into how organizations can:
• Leverage smarter collaboration as a strategic asset
• Lower software license, hardware, and IT operational costs and achieve fast ROI
• Improve productivity and effectiveness and at the same time lower business spending
• Gain end user and IT Benefits of adopting Linux-based desktops
• Execute an anytime, anywhere, any device heterogeneous strategy
• Leverage this to boost corporate responsibility initiatives

George Abraham, CTO, United Nations Pension Fund
• Shiv Kumar, EVP, ZSL
• Robin Barley-Waegener, Channel Account Manager, Canonical
• Jim Curtin, President & CEO, Virtual Bridges
• Antony Satyadas, Marketing Strategist, IBM Lotus Software

You can listen to our Customer talk about his experience with Open Source Desktop services in generating ROI and optimizing end user efficiency.

Date & Time
16th September 2009, 12.00 - 1.00 PM EDT

By registering and attending the event, you have a golden opportunity for winning a complimentary Netbook UNR - Dell Mini 10v.

You can register for this event at:
and learn about cost reduction strategies, solution capabilities, best practices and customer perspectives.

For downloads and more details about the event, visit the URL: