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Eudora WorldMail Server -- Entry-level/mid-range mail server for Windows NT platforms

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted March 1, 1998


Eudora WorldMail Server is an Internet-based mail server designed to meet the ease-of-installation and administration needs of small to medium businesses, as well as the demands of departmental workgroups. It is an advanced, scalable solution for customers migrating from "outdated proprietary mail systems" as described by Qualcomm to Internet standards-based messaging. Highlights of the server include an intuitive, graphical interface that helps simplify configuration and administration tasks; open support for Internet mail standards; an inexpensive price tag; solid performance; and an impressive feature-set.

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Features of the WorldMail Server include standards-based support for both Internet Messaging Access Protocol (IMAP) and Post Office Protocol (POP3) clients; Java-based or standard browser-based administration capabilities; an electronic directory that stores user names, e-mail addresses, and other relevant information using the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Ph (the "White Pages" Protocol); basic list server capabilities; automatic registration of users; Internet directory import services; web/directory gateway (HTTP to LDAP/X.500); dial-on-demand services; SMTP server capabilities and gateway configuration; automated mailing lists; and more.

The WorldMail Server also functions as the perfect complement to Qualcomm's excellent e-mail client, Eudora Pro. In addition to excellent integration between the server and client, another advantage is that WorldMail will automatically configure each Eudora mail client on your network. Both Eudora WorldMail Server and Eudora Pro include 90-day free technical support policies (with additional support available via support contracts), which makes for another added convenience when the two packages are used together.

The only real shortcomings of the server are its lack of cross-platform compatibility and its lack of enhanced security technology. WorldMail is currently only available for Windows NT (both Intel and Alpha) platforms; however, Qualcomm does offer a Macintosh mail server, Eudora Internet Mail Server, with similar features and capabilities. WorldMail offers built-in security features through Windows NT security services, APOP and CRAM-MD5 authentication facilities, and multi-level access control, but it doesn't currently offer support for S/MIME or RSA encryption technology as do competing solutions like Netscape Messaging Server.

Despite these minor caveats, WorldMail is an excellent solution for users in need of an entry-level to mid-range mail server that is easy to get up and running with and offers an extensive set of features. It's also one of the least expensive mail servers currently available with a ten-user price tag of just $159. Those with enterprise-level needs may want to give considerable attention to high-end servers like Netscape Messaging Server and Lotus Domino as well, but for the rest of us Eudora WorldMail Server will do just fine, thank you.

Pros: Intuitive interface, easy to install and use, inexpensive, solid feature-set/performance
Cons: Windows only, lacks advanced security technology and some features in the competition

New: High Performance LDAP Directory Server, Java applet for Group Account Management (GAM); Complete List of Features
Upgrade Meter: 5

Version Reviewed: 2.0
Date of Review: 3/1/98
Reviewed by: Forrest Stroud


Operating Systems / Latest Versions:

Windows NT - Intel, Alpha. (v2.0)



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