inFusion -- High-end POP, SMTP, and POST e-mail server based on ColdFusion programming

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted June 24, 2002

CoolFusion's inFusion e-mail server is the only mail server currently on the market that runs via Cold Fusion. Priced at $500 for POP3, $950 for SMTP, $750 for POST, and $1,950 for the whole bundle (Professional Version), CoolFusion brings many features to the world of e-mail servers.

What makes inFusion different from any other e-mail server is that it utilizes ColdFusion at its core. When the e-mail client negotiates communication with the server, it uses standard POP and SMTP commands. To process these commands, inFusion uses templates named after the standard commands. The product manual is very good at describing the individual templates, as it is more than 130 pages in Microsoft Word 97 format as downloaded off of their Web site. Also, because it's done with ColdFusion programming technology, it's fully customizable. Like most Unix programs, it actually comes with source code. Thus, administrators can modify the code to manipulate any aspect of the server.

Another feature of inFusion is its multithreaded capabilities, allowing it to take advantage of two or more processors as well as multitasking capabilities. The Professional Edition can support 255 threads, enabling it to support 255 client connections at one time. The Enterprise edition, priced at $2,500, $1,250, $1,950, and $4,500 for POP, SMTP, POST, and the whole bundle, respectively, can support 1,024 threads per server.

Installation is a snap. inFusion comes in a single self-executing installation package. Registration is included in the setup package. Before installing the software, you will be asked for the registration key. After you enter it, the installation program contacts the key server and sets up a working version of the software, as long as it has been supplied with a valid registration key. After file copy, the install package will scan the system for known DLL files that assist in the mapping of the template to the proper program, such as Allaire's Cold Fusion.

System requirements and system recommendations are worlds apart. inFusion requires a P100 with 64MB of RAM; however, a PII/300 with 128 MB SDRAM and a 100 MHz PCI Ethernet card are recommended. The software requirements are a little more lenient. Windows 9x, NT, or 2000 is the operating system requirement. Allaire ColdFusion Professional or Enterprise Inline iHTML or Active State Perl (ISAPI version) can be used to run inFusion on any Web server, Microsoft IIS being the most recommended.

One of inFusion's best features is its support of Telnet. If you Telnet into one of the ports being run by the POP, POST, and SMTP Servers, such as 25 and 110, you can see the step-by-step interaction between the server and the clients. This provides for advanced troubleshooting. After opening the connection, you can type the step-by-step commands an e-mail client would to send e-mail (e.g., TO:, FROM:, and SUBJECT:). With the use of Telnet by inFusion, the many administrators' lives will be simplified.

Pros: Customizable source, Easy to troubleshoot

Cons: Very expensive, May be difficult for nonadvanced users to understand

Version Reviewed: 1.3
Reviewed by: M.A. Dockter
Last Updated: 10/17/01
Date of Original Review: 12/7/00

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