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Ipswitch Unleashes IMail v7.0

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Jun 27, 2001


Ipswitch Wednesday released v7.0 of its IMail messaging server.

Like previous releases, v7.0 introduces new features to the messaging market, Public Relations Manager Mike Aalto told ServerWatch. In this case the new feature is Web-based calendaring.

Ipswitch Wednesday released v7.0 of its IMail messaging server. Like previous releases, v7.0 introduces new features to the messaging market, Public Relations Manager Mike Aalto told ServerWatch. In this case the new feature is Web-based calendaring.

Also new to v7.0 are advanced SSL security-level management features, remote administration tools, real-time monitoring capabilities, and customizable interfaces.

IMail's Web-based calendaring feature allows users to manage their schedules, appointments, and tasks from multiple locations with SSL protection. Because a browser interface is used, users are not locked into a particular interface, and thus any mail application, such as Outlook or Eudora, can still be used on the client side.

New SSL management options enable administrators to set SSL connection levels via the Web on a domain-by-domain basis. The default leaves the option of using SSL with the end user, but administrators can turn SSL off entirely or set it as a requirement.

V7.0 allows administrators to monitor real-time usage statistics remotely, through either a Web interface or a console application on a client machine. Administrators can view the number of users logged in and the amount of data being sent and received; monitor and enforce usage policies; and identify unusually large amounts of e-mail sent to or from the server.

IMail v7.0 also offers a host of interface customization features for branding or localization purposes. Translation into German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Korean is available, as are spell check capabilities. All customization is on a domain-by-domain basis.

IMail's customer base is made up of about 38 million end users, or 21,400 units, Aalto said. In terms of market share, that translates into about 21 percent of Unix and NT standards-based messaging environments, according to Aalto.

Small to midsize businesses comprise 38 percent of IMail's user base, John Korsak, product marketing manager said. The remainder of the customer base is made up 33 percent of service providers, 13 percent of government organizations (federal, state, and local), and 12 percent of educational institutions.

Pricing for IMail v7.0 is the same as the prior version, with one modification. A middle tier, 251 to 1,000 users has been added, to accommodate the increasing number of IMail customers that have been falling into this category, Korsak said.

IMail v7.0 is $995 for up to 250 users, with a service agreement price of $345. For up to 1,000 users it is $1,695 for the software and $445 for the service agreement. Enterprises looking to host an unlimited number of users can purchase the software for $2,495 and the service agreement for $745. The service agreement includes updates, tech support, and access to Ipswitch's knowledge base of frequently asked questions.

IMail v7.0 is available immediately through all of Ipswitch's sales channel, and a 30-day evaluation copy is available for download from the site.

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