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SSL security policy enforcement, ability to view real-time usage statistics and Web-based spell-check offer more secure, hassle-free e-mail service


Ipswitch, Inc., a leading supplier of Internet productivity software, announces today the release of IMail Server 7.0 for Windows NT/2000. Building on its core features of remote administration, anti-spamming support, Web Messaging and security, IMail Server 7.0 offers new Web Calendaring which provides one of the most popular groupware features without the added complexity of groupware. In addition, new SSL authentication policies create a more secure method of sending and receiving e-mail and enhanced Web Messaging provides administrators the ability to view real-time server activity, cutting down on spam and enhancing capacity planning.

“With version 7.0, IMail Server users will enjoy the benefits of Web Calendaring without sacrificing IMail Server’s ease of implementation and use,” said Ipswitch President Roger C. Greene. “They’ll also be able to spell-check messages in Web Messaging. Administrators will be able to address server issues faster with IMail Server’s new remote console application. They’ll also have greater security. All of these improvements are a result of feedback we have received from our customers, and from the market in general, and we are pleased to fulfill this demand.”

Businesses increase efficiency, save time with Web Calendaring

Web Calendaring in IMail Server 7.0 expands the power of an already versatile e-mail server. IMail Server users are now able to manage and keep track of their schedules. One convenience includes the ability to automatically invite attendees to a meeting through an e-mail message. Once the meeting has been scheduled, IMail Server can schedule an e-mail reminder to go out automatically to attendees. Since Web Calendaring e-mail is based on the iCal standard, it allows users to import and export information to any standards-based client, and recipients can then import the information directly into their calendars and PDAs.

Users can also utilise Web Calendaring to schedule reminders for important dates and events such as meetings and appointments or even birthdays and anniversaries. A search function enables users to look up an event by name if they are unsure of its date and time. The calendaring function is accessible remotely through any Web browser, which is especially attractive to telecommuters and mobile workforces.

“The addition of Web Calendaring is a tremendous benefit for a product in this price range,” said Robert Mahowald, analyst with International Data Corporation (IDC). “It offers the power of groupware, and one of its most used features, that previously was only available in enterprise products. This should be especially attractive to ISPs, ASPs and small-to-medium businesses. Even though groupware functionality has been added to the product, groupware complexity has not, and IMail Server continues to be very easy to install and manage.”

Greater security with flexible security levels, smoother service via real-time statistics
Administrators can provide greater system security since they have more flexibility in managing user security levels. Administrators can either compel users to connect using SSL, giving users the option to use SSL or not providing the option at all. For added security, IMail Server can temporarily suspend a user if a login fails too many times.

New real-time statistics and user information in Web Messaging help administrators monitor IMail Server usage and enforce usage policies. Administrators can now view system statistics, such as the number of users logged in and amount of data sent and received, allowing them to quickly pinpoint and troubleshoot issues. Monitoring server traffic also allows administrators to significantly reduce the amount of spam sent to users since administrators can deny access to someone they see sending a large amount of e-mail to the server.

“The ability to view real-time usage is powerful. I can make adjustments to my server to address overload or a large influx of spam,” said Erik Tijburg, president of ISP Support Services for Planet Communications Network, an ISP located in Harrisonburg, VA. “End-users will not be aware of the behind-the scenes activity when adjustments are made. Their e-mail service will continue uninterrupted and with minimal spam intrusions, which is my ultimate goal.”

Updated Web interface includes spell-check

IMail Server also has an updated, more intuitive Web interface which makes it more versatile that ever. The product is easier to navigate and administrators save time since they do not have to customise interfaces to make them more aesthetically pleasing for users. Web Messaging now includes the ability to spell-check messages. Administrators can provide global dictionaries and users can have their own customised dictionaries.

Administrators continue to have the ability to localize IMail Server into numerous languages which is especially attractive to international users. Using IMail Server’s template gallery, users can exchange customised templates, already available in German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Korean, to further enhance their use of the product according to their particular specifications.

Remote administration made easier

Administrators will also experience easier administration and maintenance due to improvements in IMail Server’s remote administration functionality. The IMail Server console application can now run locally or remotely. This means that administrators can save time when addressing server issues since they can connect to and manage a server from any location. Tasks and commands are implemented in the same manner whether an administrator is at his desk or at a remote site. Additionally, administrators can connect to multiple servers and do not have to be physically at a server to administer it. This is especially attractive to service providers that have many servers and customers dispersed throughout a wide geographic area.

Price and availability

IMail Server is available for a list price of £787 for the 250-user version, £1,341 for the 1,000-user version and £1,974 for the unlimited version. An e-mail to fax option is an additional £154. Free upgrades to version 7.0 are available to anyone with a valid service agreement. Annual service agreements can be purchased for £273 for the 250-user version, £352 for the 1,000-user version and £589 for the unlimited version, through Unipalm on 01638 569600. Or via the website http://www.unipalm.com

About Ipswitch, Inc.

Founded in 1991, Ipswitch develops Windows-based software products for the Internet and corporate intranets. Its product family includes WS_FTP Pro, the world’s most popular FTP client; WS_FTP Server, the first industrial-strength, full-featured FTP server for Windows NT; WhatsUp Gold for network management; IMail Server, an NT-based Internet messaging server; and WS_Ping ProPack, a utility suite for the Internet and intranets - all designed for today’s mission-critical business communications. Ipswitch products set new standards for functionality, performance, reliability and interoperability, while providing the foundation for corporate internetworking solutions, and are available directly from Ipswitch and through distributors, resellers and OEMs worldwide.

Editor's Notes

Review copies, interviews, screen shots and information for all Ipswitch products are available from Martin Brindley and Adrian Brophy at MCC International.

Martin Brindley / Adrian Brophy
MCC International Ltd.
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Michael Aalto
Ipswitch, Inc.
maalto@ipswitch.com
T: 781-676-5794
F: 781-676-5720


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