ServerWatch News Briefs for April 3, 2004

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 3, 2004


This Week's Swatches

This week: Gordano updated GMS Collaboration Server; Rackmount.com unveiled its newest product offering, the ATXBlade Cluster Server Rackmount Chassis; Zend Technologies released WinEnabler, software for running PHP in Windows environments; and a Commtouch survey shows no decline in spam, three months post-CAN-SPAM.

Gordano Refreshes GMS Collaboration Server

Gordano Tuesday released a major update to its GMS Collaboration Server. This version more fully integrates Microsoft Outlook with the Gordano Messaging environment.

The new release adds two MAPI providers (address books and message stores), and fully integrates MS Outlooks calendaring, scheduling, tasks, journals, and note features.

The initial version of GMS Collaboration hit the streets in fall 2003. Initially, it offered "just address book functionality," Raymond Warren, Gordano's managing director told ServerWatch. GMS Collaboration integrates with GMS Mail Server or GMS WebMail, the heart of the messaging suite. Other add-ons include instant messaging and anti-spam modules, and a proxy server.

According to Warren, GMS Collaboration has a leg-up on the competition because it uses HTTP rather than IMAP for folder management. "Another benefit of this approach is that the product is then proxy friendly. Where IMAP is used, it is solely for mailbox access," Warren said.

Warren also noted, "an internal database is used to store all collaboration items. This helps minimize storage requirements," and thus keeps overhead down.

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Rackmount.com Sharpens Its Blades

Rackmount.com, a division of PCW Microsystems, this week unveiled its newest product offering: the ATXBlade Cluster Server Rackmount Chassis.

ATXBlade servers use standards-based technology. They use standard ATX motherboards and are adaptable to the latest cutting-edge Intel technology. The ATXBlade Cluster Server claims an initial cost 92 percent lower, as well as a single blade replacement or upgrade cost more than 90 percent lower, than HP and IBM (based on an initial one-blade setup for dual processors and a quote for a replacement or upgrade blade).

ATXBlade servers boast of a unique cooling and ventilation design. Its Rackmount housing is built with six 120 mm rear exhaust fans. It has removable top and bottom grids that can be removed to create a heat chimney when stacking housing components on top of each other. The heat chimney allows the top housing to mount a high power blower kit that operates as a heat vacuum and provides an secondary ventilation source.

Typical uses for ATXBlade servers include high-powered multi-processor clustering, rendering server farms, security analysis, and Web hosting.

The ATXBlade is available with all components installed or as a bare chassis alone for self-installation.

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Zend Enables PHP on Windows With WinEnabler

As of Tuesday, developers working in Windows have a new scripting option. Israel-based Zend Technologies unveiled Zend WinEnabler, software specifically designed to assure PHP stability and boost performance in Windows environments. Now, with WinEnabler, organizations can run PHP on Windows with stability and performance on par with PHP on Linux and Unix.

PHP is becoming the de facto scripting language to power dynamic enterprise Web applications and is penetrating the Windows community: During the past year, the number of PHP deployments on Windows has grown rapidly.

Despite PHP's promise as a multi-platform language, its Unix roots have made running it on Windows a challenge, with frequent crashes being the norm. Zend WinEnabler eliminates this issue through a new Windows-specific technology combined with Zend's Code Acceleration capabilities. Developed by the original creators of PHP, Zend WinEnabler uses a unique method for code caching and PHP process pooling to bring Windows PHP up to par with Linux/Unix PHP's stability and performance.

"PHP development has already reached critical mass in the Linux/Unix world, and with Zend WinEnabler we will extend PHP's benefits to hundreds of thousands of Windows-based sites," said Zeev Suraski, co-creator of PHP and co-founder and CTO of Zend, in a prepared statement. "Zend's primary mission is to make PHP a viable enterprise-grade technology for every environment, whether simple, complex, proprietary, or open source, and we provide the solutions that will make this possible. WinEnabler is a major step in establishing PHP as the de facto language for dynamic Web applications on any platform."

Zend WinEnabler is priced from $195 and is available for download.

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Commtouch Reports Bulk of Spam Originating From U.S.

Three months after the enactment of the CAN-SPAM law, unwanted e-mail shows no sign of abating, according to anti-spam solutions provider Commtouch. The vendor said its spam detection center and Commtouch Spam Lab saw yet another peak in the number of spam outbreaks and spam messages in March 2004.

In analyzing more than 1 million spam messages for last month, Commtouch identified spam being sent from IP addresses in 152 countries. Despite legislation, the vast majority came from the United States.

The volume of spam e-mail was broken down as follows from the following countries: United State, 60 percent; China, 6 percent; Korea, 5 percent; Canada, 4 percent; Brazil, 3 percent; Spain, 2 percent; and France, 2 percent. In addition, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom were each responsible for 1 percent of spam sent. Poland, Austria, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Chile, also had spammers, but it accounted for less than 1 percent.

Of the spam email originating in the United States during March, 3.5 percent complied with the CAN-SPAM legislation with the inclusion of a valid return address, an honest subject or headers, a postal address in the body, and a way to unsubscribe.

"What we're seeing is that CAN-SPAM can't. On the one hand, CAN-SPAM can't be extended to non-U.S. countries, but on the other hand, even in the United States we're seeing that CAN-SPAM hasn't yet resulted in a decrease in spam," Commtouch Executive Vice President Avner Amram said in a prepared statement.

Commtouch also noted a rise in fraudulent e-mails: More than 200 "phishing" attacks identified during March. The main victims of those phishing attacks were eBay, PayPal, and Citibank users.

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