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Chi siamo

Omnis Systems Srl è importatore unico e distributore di prodotti di sicurezza e comunicazione sul mercato Italiano tramite una rete di distributori e rivenditori selezionati.
Omnis Systems Srl è formata da un nutrito gruppo di professionisti specializzati in diversi settori dell'IT, sicurezza, comunicazione e sviluppo software ed è attiva nella promozione di prodotti e soluzioni ad alto valore tecnologico ma che si differenziano grazie alla semplicità d'uso ed ai bassi costi di gestione.

Mentre il software Open Source per PMI fa parte del nostro core business (e passione) le soluzioni da noi distribuite soddisfano e sono in uso presso multinazionali, Pubblica Amministrazione, scuole ed Università in Italia ed il resto del mondo.

Per informazioni di carattere tecnico e commerciale:


Supporto tecnico per l'Italia
Via Vestina 76
65015 Montesilvano (PE)
Italy


Telefono: +39 0522 1750896

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Omnis Systems Ltd
European HQ
The Sussex Innovation Centre
University of Sussex, Science Park Square

Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9SB
United Kingdom

Telefono: +44 1273 916213

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Converting Open Source into a business asset

Converting Open Source into a business asset

Omnis Systems Ltd is an international distributor, based in Brighton (UK) and Italy, specialised in commercially backed Open Source and Linux based solutions. The solutions we promote scale from a few users to several thousands and are currently in use by many types of organisations in the Private, Public, Health Care, Education and even Defence sectors.

We work with a wide range of partners, from small IT professionals up to major consulting companies and Systems Integrators, which focus in providing the most innovative and efficient solutions to their customers instead of worrying about vendors quarterly sales targets.

The solutions we promote have been selected to provide Enterprise grade IT platforms which reduce management complexity while at the same time lower cost by up to 70% compared to traditional solutions.
Omnis Systems Ltd is an international distributor, based in Brighton (UK) and Italy, specialised in Commercial Open Source solutions. Commercial Open Source, known also as Open Core, it's a category of solutions developed by commercial organisations like Microsoft, Oracle, VMWare, Citrix etc... but that have chosen to base their software on Open Source or Linux foundations (like most of the companies mentioned) and are providing free access to the source code or Community versions.
 
Unlike the Community supported free Open Source applications Open Core solutions are backed by commercial companies which guarantee Enterprise level quality, features and support like any other software you may have purchased in the past but very often with costs that are a lot lower than traditional vendors.

Editions

 Collaboration services for every needKopano - The best alternative to Microsoft Exchange and Office365

Organizations that are looking for a complete groupware package do not all need the same level of collaboration, performance and support. You can therefore obtain Kopano’s open source Collaboration Platform in various different editions.

Kopano Basic is ideal for SMEs as it includes all the features generally required by a smaller number of users and a cost that competes very well even against Cloud offerings.

Kopano Professionalis made for organizations that require advanced features such extended system analytics (through Kopano Dashboard), advanced Files for Teams and Web Meetings, email and phone support.

Kopano Enterpriseis targeted to organizations that need a clustered solution. The multi-server support can be used to support larger number of users or to spread mailboxes across different geographical locations. The Enterprise Edition combines the most extensive collaboration features with the highest level of support.

Do you use the Kopano Community Edition? Check out the table below to see how the Professional or Enterprise edition can add value to your organization. Keep also in mind that a small investment for your side helps in speeding up the development of the features you'd like to see implemented.

The following table presents a summary of the main differences between versions:

  Community Basic
Professional Enterprise
Outlook connector (MAPI) 3 users
WebApp
ActiveSync (Z-Push)
IMAP/POP3 gateway
iCal/CalDAV gateway
Advanced multiuser calendars  
Brick-level Backup  
Active directory toolkit  
Kopano monitoring   Basic Extended analytics Multiserver analytics
Kopano Files Personal  
Kopano Files for Teams   Option
Kopano WebMeeting   Option
Auto-deployment tools    
High-Availability support    
Kopano Archive support    
Multi-tenancy      
Multiserver support      

Please note: it is not possible to combine different editions on the same server. If you want to set features available to your users that are only included in one of the paid editions, you need to choose this specific edition for all users; this also implies paying the subscription fee for all users.

I nostri partner tecnologici

Omnis Systems Srl si avvale di partner selezionati e testati per fornire prodotti e servizi di alta qualità ai propri rivenditori. La scelta dei nostri partner non è casuale ma è il risultato di ricerche e test che ci permettono di fornire prodotti che si possono interconnettere tra di loro o che sono complementari nel fornire soluzioni modulari che si adattano al meglio alle esigenze di sicurezza e comunicazione della maggior parte di aziende italiane.

I seguenti sono solo alcuni dei nostri partner storici che ci aiutano a fornire a voi soluzioni che vi aiutano a differenziavi dal resto del mercato:

1CRM - Customer Relationship Manager e Sales Force Automation

1CRM può rivoluzionare i vostri metodi di lavoro per rendere più efficiente e gestibile la vostra azienda.
1CRM non è solo un CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) ma ha integrato diversi moduli necessari alla gestione commerciale e marketing della vostra attività.

I moduli di gestione prodotti, preventivazione, fatturazione fino ad arrivare al marketing ed alla vendita on-line sono pronti all'uso e personalizzabili per adeguarsi alle esigenze specifiche di ogni azienda.

Collax FlexibleIT_Logo

Collax è specializzata nel produrre una distribuzione Linux che rende estremamente semplice la gestione delle infrastrutture più complesse grazie alla sua interfaccia Web.

Praticamente ogni servizio necessario ad aziende di ogni dimensione è configurabile in pochi click da tecnici che non hanno alcuna esperienza di Linux.

La sicurezza, stabilità e semplicità d'uso delle piattaforme Collax le rendono estremamente competitive rispetto ai prodotti tradizionalmente utilizzati.

Kopano - La miglior alternativa a Microsoft Exchange e Office365

Kopano produce il prodotto omonimo che ha un notevole successo come alternativa a Microsoft Exchange ed Office365 in quanto, con costi estremamente ridotti di acquisizione e gestione, mette a disposizione gli stessi strumenti disponibili in piattaforme Cloud ma con il beneficio aggiunto di avere totale controllo sui propri dati.

Con Kopano potete continuare ad utilizzare Microsoft Outlook se fosse necessario o potete risparmiare risorse e ridurre i rischi, dovuti a vulnerabilità presenti in Outlook, utilizzando il client di posta Kopano DeskApp disponibile per Windows, Linux ed Apple OSX.

SEP - Una soluzione di backup per ogni esigenza

SEP produce la soluzione di backup e disaster recovery più completa sul mercato.

La sua forza è di essere estremamente semplice da usare ed è in grado di gestire con un solo strumento il backup di piattaforme Windows, Linux e Unix partendo da configurazioni singolo server fino ad arrivare ad infrastrutture complesse con datacentres distribuiti a livello globale.

SEP è sicuramente l'unica soluzione di backup di livello Enterprise di cui avrete bisogno.

NComputing VERDE

VERDE (Virtual Enterprise Remote Desktop Environment) Workspaces è una piattaforma completa di virtualizzazione del desktop implementabile sulle più conosciute piattaforme Linux (RedHat, Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu, ecc...) che riduce drasticamente la complessità di gestione ed i costi comunemente associati alle infrastrutture VDI.

NComputing VERDE VDI può essere utilizzato con PC, portatili, iPad e thin clients ed aiuta a gestire in tutta sicurezza i deployment BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) e DaaS (Desktop as a Service) sia all'interno dell'azienda che in Cloud.

Kopano FAQ

Kopano - The best alternative to Microsoft Exchange and Office365Kopano - Yet another email and collaboration solution?

Many wonder why they should choose Kopano instead using the usual brands. Here we try to answer some of the questions. Do you want to ask some more? Then don't hesitate to contact us.

Isn't Microsoft Exchange good enough?

While Microsoft Exchange provides the features required by most businesses it is also quite expensive to purchase, it requires powerful servers and it doesn't allow very easily to integrate with other applications not produced by Microsoft. With the latest releases it is not even possible any more share public folders and calendars without purchasing SharePoint adding more complexity and costs.

Google Apps or Office365?

Cloud based collaboration offering may seem very interesting as you don't have to pay upfront for software and servers but comparing the costs over 2/3 years Kopano will cost you about 50/70% less (including the infrastructure and support costs), it will allow you to keep control of your data and to integrate it with your applications.

Kopano already includes video conference, instant messaging, secure file sharing, email encryption and many more features. It's faster, it requires little maintenance and HW resources, it requires lower investments than Cloud based products so why choosing something else?

Then, with the recent and ongoing PRISM/NSA scandal and Cloud services downtime (wasn't the Cloud supposed to provide 100% uptime?), do you really want to give away your valuable data and pay for it?

Kopano: your Unified Communication solution

Kopano - The best Microsoft Exchange & Office365 alternativeKopano Collaboration Platform - Beyond emails

  • Kopano shared calendars
  • Kopano Unified Communication
  • Kopano file sharing
  • Kopano shared calendars
  • Kopano Unified Communication
  • Kopano file sharing


Kopano’s Open Source Collaboration Platform is well known as one of the best Microsoft Exchange alternatives. Those that migrated from Exchange to Kopano know that they can provide even more and better services and have seen their costs going even below those of Cloud services like Office365 and Google Apps.

While emails are a communication tool that is here to stay for a long time, some may want to communicate with faster tools and integrate other services that previously were completely separated from a standard email server. Kopano now provides all the communication tools you expect from the latest generation of Unified Communication solutions.

Manage your emails like a pro

Manage your emails like a pro

WebApp helps you managing your email with a clean and comprehensive view of your personal and shared folders with an interface very similar to Microsoft Outlook.

As WebApp works with most browsers you won't need to install any applications to manage your communications wherever you are.
Team calendars

Team calendars

Delegation lets you use your time as effectively as possible. Keep an overview of your team’s schedules with WebApp’s advanced calendaring features.

Planning meetings is also easy. Choose the participants and WebApp will find a time that fits everyone’s schedule. Need a meeting room? Add it to the schedule and make sure it is booked.
Your contacts always available

Your contacts always available

Have your contacts available anywhere. WebApp keeps track of everyone who’s important to you, and its business card overview makes it easy to search and view their details.

Conctacts are available on your smartphones and tablets with natively supported synchronization tools: no need to install an app!


Kopano, being an Open Source solution, allows total integration with your existing IT infrastructure and applications.
If you are a Developer (PHP, Python, Ext JS) and would like to create plug-ins or integrate Kopano with your applications then visit the Kopano Documentation Portal.

To evaluate Kopano you could try the on-line demo and download the community version.

Don't fancy managing Linux servers?
Then you may want to give Collax Business Server a try. Kopano can be installed in a few clicks and all the security and integration services your company may need are instantly available.


What is Kopano all about? A couple of short videos may help you in understanding more:


Kopano product presentation

We are Kopano



Kopano is a RedHat Partner, SuSe Partner, Ubuntu Gold Partner and Collax Software and Technology Partner.

Zarafa RedHat PartnerZarafa SuSe PartnerZarafa Ubuntu Gold PartnerCollax FlexibleIT Logo

Microsoft: a Pesaro i conti non tornano

Per sembrare competitiva la Microsoft usa la matematica creativa

(articolo originale pubblicato su TechEconomy in risposta alla press release di Microsoft Italia riguardante il Comune di Pesaro)

Alcuni giorni fa ho appreso con grande stupore che Microsoft aveva pubblicato un articolo dove sosteneva che migrando a Office 365 il Comune di Pesaro avrebbe speso l’80% in meno rispetto al pacchetto OpenOffice.

Già il fatto che un comune fosse ancora su OpenOffice invece di aver effettuato l’aggiornamento a LibreOffice mi è sembrato strano ma il resto dell’articolo è a dir poco surreale. Capisco che Microsoft abbia bisogno di arginare la diffusione esponenziale delle soluzioni Open Source a tutti i livelli della Pubblica Amministrazione ma dovrebbe dimostrare almeno un minimo di onestà intellettuale.

Omnis Systems, soluzioni Open Source per l'azienda

Omnis Systems si propone sul mercato internazionale come distributore a valore aggiunto di soluzioni software, basate principalmente su Linux ed Open Source, che permettono ai nostri partner di differenziarsi rispetto ai rivenditori di prodotti "convenzionali".

Le soluzioni che distribuiamo oltre ad essere economicamente vantaggiose sono "Enterprise ready" in quanto sono sviluppate e supportate come qualsiasi altro prodotto commerciale ed offrono, essendo Open Source, la possibilità di essere integrate con applicativi esistenti e personalizzate per soddisfare a pieno le esigenze degli utenti.

Open Source, Cloud and your business Conference

OpenSourceBrighton1114

#OpenBrighton

The Open Source, the Cloud and your Business Conference held in Brighton the 18th of November 2014 has surely been an exciting and satisfying experience for both the organisers and the delegates.

The event had the objective of presenting some of the opportunities presented by Cloud services, but also the risks and the costs involved, and the Open Source alternatives available to "legacy" solutions that may help in reducing costs and complexity of in-house deployments. The point was to provide show participants that there are valid alternatives to what "mainstream" IT providers are offering and allow them to ask the right questions when offered IT products and services.

Reducing your ICT energy costs by using Linux and Open Source

Lowering your energy costs with innovation

I've spotted an article published and recently updated by Jisc about ICT energy costs reduction which stated that universities and colleges spend about £147 million a year just in ICT related energy costs.

The article rightly recommended various methods to save energy but there is a limit to what it can be saved if organisations keep using the same tools. While I agree with many of the recommendations present in the article I think that Jisc forgot mention an important one before promoting its own Cloud services.

Changes needs to be made in the education sector, like many other sectors, and probably we can find the solutions where efficiency matters the most.

References

Kopano - The best alternative to Microsoft Exchange and Office365Kopano, a collaboration suite for all requirements

Many companies and public organisations of all sizes and from all over the world preferred Kopano over its competitors. Many replaced existing MS Exchange, Groupwise, Scalix, IMAP and other platforms, others started their businesses with Kopano, more organisation are moving back to an in-house or hosted version of Kopano from MS Office365 or GoogleApps. We present you just a few cases from the thousands of satisfied customers:
(Note: Zarafa recently rebranded into Kopano, new case studies with the new brand will be published soon.)

Limerick

"The most important challenge faced during the migration was to guarantee successful change management process. Both system administrators and users used to Windows environments needed to feel at ease with the new systems and be productive from day one. We were extremely satisfied as Zarafa's webmail was conceived as a web-based replacement for Outlook. This helped greatly making the migration pretty straightforward."

Mihai Bilauca, Chief Information Officer at Limerick City Council - Ireland

Ede municipality

 

"Without too much effort, the municipality of Ede switched thousands of employees to the e-mail and agenda server Zarafa at the beginning of June. Finally users received remote access to their e-mail and agenda, at home on a Mac or on the road from any smartphone. “The Exchange administrator refused to take the Linux course and now has a different job."

Bart Lindeboom, IT Manager, Municipality of Ede - Holland

pdf  Zarafa case study: Ede Municipality

 

Zarafa Dulcesol

 

"In our company we work 24 hours a day on the production of pastry, cake and bread products. The high availability setup of Zarafa Collaboration Platform ensures us of a stable mail environment which is mission critical for our manufacturing process."

Pascual Gadea, System Administrator, Dulcesol - Spain

pdf  Zarafa case study: Dulcesol

 

Zarafa case study Interakt Contour

 

"We managed to save 60,000 euros in purchasing costs alone, if we had opted for Microsoft Exchange, the costs would have run up to 100,000 euros."

Van den Hoorn, IT Manager Iterakt Contour - Holland

pdf  Zarafa case study: Interakt Contour

 

UK Public Sector can lead by example with Innovation

When the UK Public Sector gets it right

 Local and Central Governments institutions have been purveyors of fine examples of catastrophic IT failures which kept IT journalist quite busy in the past few years.

 But Public Sector IT projects do not always fail and it's quite unfortunate that when there are teams that make things work as they should they don't get the due recognition.

 I’m one of those that often (very often) complains about the way the Public Sector manages projects, is unwilling to take risks and to embrace new and more efficient technologies and I heard too many times the old style CIO mantra “Nobody has ever been fired for buying ‘usual vendors’”.

 

Univention - Open management

The cost-efficient alternative to Windows serversUnivention - Open Source alternative to Microsoft Windows server

 Univention helps creating and managing Windows, OS X and Linux infrastructures providing Open Source alternatives to Microsoft based products.Univention Corporate Server building blocks

The core product is Univention Corporate Server (UCS), a flexible, cost-efficient and successful alternative for Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft Small Business Server. It includes comprehensive Active Directory functionalities and an App Center that integrates and manages own or third party enterprise applications.
UCS is designed to operate as part of existing Microsoft infrastructures and it can assists you in replacing Microsoft Windows domains controllers with a few clicks.

UCS web-based management console is well suited for organizations of any size, either as a standard on-premises setup, in the cloud or in hybrid IT environments.

Integrated in UCS you will find also the Univention Corporate Client which will allow your organisation to configure and deploy Linux desktops on PCs, thin clients and virtual environments.

Do you really need to replace your Windows Server?

If you still use Windows 2003 you surely do as it will be totally unsupported by July 2015. If you use any other version of Windows Server you may consider how efficiently you are using your server, how much it costs in terms of support, hardware maintenance and electricity.

Many spent a lot of money for their new Windows Server but then they use it as a simple file and authentication server using about 5/10% of the CPU power available but still paying for the equivalent of an enterprise grade server.

Univention Corporate Server will allow you to purchase a much leaner server as it's a lot more efficient than a Windows Server or to get a lot more out of your existing IT investment by combining several services including MS Exchange features, security, virtualisation, etc on the same system making you benefit from massive saving in consultancy, support and CO2 emissions.

More information about Univention

 

Univention Corporate Client

Fully managed Linux desktopsUCS Univention Corporate Client

 UCC user policiesUnivention Corporate Client (UCC) UCC fills the gap that made the adoption of Linux desktops in businesses complicated as the centralised management solutions available were complex to install and manage.
Now Linux desktops can be deployed or "streamed" to PCs and thin clients very easily or can be ran on the Univention Corporate Server virtualisation layer making them accessible remotely.

The Ubuntu-based desktop environment provided is optimised for business use and it can be tailored using UCC management web console to fit user requirements and hardware specifications.

Key features

  • Reduced administration efforts thanks to fully automated installation, central update management and integrated users/rights management via policies and desktop profiles
  • Supports a vast number of thin clients and connected devices
  • Support of all popular remote desktops and desktop virtualisation environments from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware and Univention
  • Integrated support for xrdp, which allows a bandwidth efficient access to the KDE Linux desktop of UCC, also, for example, from Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X systems.
  • Ideal for use in heterogeneous environments with Linux and Windows desktops
  • Cost-effective in its implementation, maintenance, administration and operation
  • Open standards ensure easy adaptability and simple expansion
  • Future proof Open Source solution

 

pdf Univention Corporate Client datasheet (651 KB)

More information on Univention's web site

 

Versioni

Servizi di comunicazione per ogni esigenzaKopano - Il miglior modo di comunicare in azienda

Kopano è disponibile in diverse versioni per soddisfare organizzazioni di dimensioni differenti e che necessitano configurazioni più o meno complesse.

Kopano Basic è adatta per organizzazioni di piccole dimensioni ma include tutte le funzionalità utili alla gestione dell'ambiente di collaborazione sia con PC che con dispositivi mobili.Kopano Files per l'utilizzo come singolo utente è incluso mentre Kopano Files for Teams e Kopano WebMeetings sono opzionali.

Klopano Professional include le caratteristiche della versione Basic, Kopano Files for Teams e Kopano WebMeeting fanno parte del canone di manutenzione.

Kopano Enterprise aggiunge servizi di monitoring per infrastrutture complesse e di supporto tecnico avanzato.

Usate la versione Community?  Verificate se la versione Basic o Professional possono fornirvi le funzionalità che cercate e contribuite a sostenere lo sviluppo di piattaforme Open Source.

Le versioni Enterprise e Hosted vengono generalmente gestite a progetto in quanto spessono richiedono personalizzazioni ed integrazioni complesse con ambienti esistenti.

La tabella sottostante elenca le principali differenze in funzionalità tra le versioni.

  Community Basic
Professional Enterprise
Connettività con Outlook (MAPI) 3 utenti
WebApp
Sincronizzazione con ActiveSync (Z-Push)
Gateway IMAP/POP3
Gateway iCal/CalDAV
Calendario multiutente  
Brick-level Backup  
Active directory toolkit  
Kopano monitoring   Basic Extended analytics Multiserver analytics
Kopano Files Personal  
Kopano Files for Teams   Opzione
Kopano WebMeeting   Opzione
Distribuzione automatica del plug-in di Outlook    
Gestione Alta Disponibilità    
Multi-tenancy      
Supporto multiserver      



Who we are

Omnis Systems Ltd is probably the only a Value Added Distributor in Europe specialised in commercially backed Open Source and Linux based solutions.
Our partners are able to differentiate themselves from the crowd and be extremely competitive while supplying Enterprise level solutions and services to small organisation scaling up to large enterprises and central Government.

The technology partners we've chosen distinguished themselves by creating solutions that provide the features and services required by companies of all sizes but that kept an affordable price tag and made their solutions simple to install and manage.

Contact us for more information:

Our offices:

Omnis Systems Ltd
European HQ
The Sussex Innovation Centre
University of Sussex
Science Park Square

Falmer,  Brighton, BN1 9SB
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1273 916213


Email addresses:
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Italian support office
 

Via Vestina 76
65015 Montesilvano (PE)
Italy

Telephone: +39 0522 1750896

Email addresses:
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We are members of the following organisations:

Sussex Chamber of CommerceOpen Source ConsortiumOpen Source Initiative supporterUK Cyber Security Forum Sussex ClusterOmnis Systems Ltd is a Crown Commercial Services Supplier