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Zarafa and LPI Partner on Training and Certification Program
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Thursday the 17th, November 2011 at 07:25 AM (EST)
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Zarafa, the leading European provider of open source groupware and collaboration software and the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, today announced that they will join forces in a training and certification program in the Benelux, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Zarafa will integrate LPI's certification program and Zarafa Certified Engineers will have an official registration at the LPI website for their LPI exams and certifications at the URL: The certification program will assure customers that they are receiving support services from highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals.

As of January 1, 2012 meeting the requirements of LPI’s LPIC-1 (or Red Hat’s RHCSA) will be a prerequisite to become a Zarafa Certified Engineer. LPIC-1 is the widely-recognized worldwide industry standard in Linux certification.

Marc Verkade, Manager Support and Professional Services at Zarafa says: “This partnership shows that Zarafa continues to monitor quality and professionalism. We will promote the growth of the number of Zarafa Certified Engineers and facilitate the certification process by offering LPI 101 and LPI 102 exams, to get the LPIC-1 certification, during Zarafa trainings and trade fairs.”

Klaus Behrla, CEO at LPI Central Europe, says: "We, at LPI Central Europe, welcome quite extraordinarily that Zarafa, one of the leading providers of open source groupware, has defined the worldwide quality standard LPIC-1 as a prerequisite for its Zarafa Certified Engineers. This clearly indicates that other organizations and companies can set up their own quality standards on top of the LPI certification program.“

Zarafa has recently launched its renewed Training Program that consists of a Zarafa Administrator Training (basic) and the (advanced) Zarafa Engineer Training. Overview of Zarafa trainings:

Learn more about LPI's LPIC-1 certification at: and at

About Zarafa
Zarafa is the leading European provider of open source groupware and collaboration software. The company is headquartered in Delft, the Netherlands. Zarafa's offices in Stuttgart, Hannover and Belo Horizonte (Brazil) provide local sales and support to more than 150 partners and thousands of customers worldwide.

Our core product is the Zarafa Collaboration Platform (ZCP), the European open and compatible groupware platform that can be used as a drop-in Microsoft Exchange replacement for email, calendaring, collaboration and tasks. Zarafa is acclaimed for its unrivalled expertise in calendar and mobile compatibility. Learn more at Follow Zarafa on Twitter:

About LPI Central Europe
LPI Central Europe represents the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) as a Master Affiliate in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland. The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG. Further information about LPI Central Europe can be found under and about LPI worldwide at

Media Contacts:

Mirjam Scholtes, Communication & PR Manager
Tel: +31 (0)15 2517710, M: +31 (0)6 55114984

LPI Central Europe:
Klaus Behrla, CEO, LPI Central Europe
Tel: +49 (0)2156 951680

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