Setting Up An IMAP-Based Email Solution, part 5

Stew Benedict’s article serialized on CrossNodes over the past month has dealt with a roll-your-own approach to running IMAP services on *NIX servers, but of course, you can always look for an out-of-the-box solution. Fortunately, there are a number of well-regarded entries in this vendor space.

The most obvious disadvantage to purchasing software as an IMAP solution is money. The methodology as presented by Stew is free — after you factor in your time commitment, of course. Additionally, while you will be able to find support in the form of gurus who lurk within Usenet news groups and similar resources, you won’t have a specific vendor whose job it is to get you out of a jam should one occur.

Another way of handling IMAP under *NIX is with software that add functionality to already existing services. For example, Courier IMAP is a server that provides IMAP access to systems using Maildirs — the directory-based mail storage format. Issued under the GNU General Public License, you can’t beat the price.

However, by purchasing a ready-to-roll package, you can save yourself some time, and ease the configuration and interface issues; making it easier for less advanced administrators to implement and maintain. Selecting a hearty, feature-laden package can provide one-stop shopping for your communications needs.

One of the most popular of these is Stalker Software’s CommuniGate Pro. CommuniGate Pro can run on any number of *NIX variations as well as Apple’s OS X, Windows, and BeOS. More than an IMAP solution, the product also supports POP, LDAP, SMTP, HTTP, Domain Name Resolution, mailing lists, and more. Trial versions are available at Stalker’s Web site.

Probably the favorite among the guru crowd is Sendmail, the original version of which which defined the way messages are sent through the Internet. The company has grown over the last 20 years now offers commercial packages such as the Single or Multi-Switch Consoles or the Sendmail Advanced Message Center targeted at enterprise and ISP-level networks.

What follows is a listing of the primary packages available to provide IMAP services under *NIX:

Product Name:   CommuniGate Pro
Vendor:         Stalker Software
email:          [email protected]
phone:          (800) 262-4722 or (415) 383-7164
Trial Version:  Yes
Product Name:   Courier-IMAP
Vendor:         Inter7
email:          [email protected]
phone:          (847) 492-0470
Free Version:   Yes
Product Name:   Cyrus
Vendor:         Carnegie Mellon University
Free Version:   Yes
Product Name:   DC-Mailbox
Vendor:         Data Connection Ltd.
email:          [email protected]
phone:          +44-208-366-1177
Product Name:   Domino
Vendor:         Lotus Development Corp.
email:          see www.lotus.com/contacts
phone:          (617) 577-8500
Trial Version:  Yes
Product Name:   Groupwise
Vendor:         Novell
phone:          (801) 861-7000
Trial Version:  Yes
Product Name:   IntraStore
Vendor:         Control Data Systems
email:          [email protected]
Trial Version:  Yes
Product Name:   M1000
Vendor:         Mirapoint
email:          [email protected]
phone:          (408) 517-1300
Product Name:   Netscape Mail Server
Vendor:         Netscape Communications
phone:          (415) 937-2555
Trial Version:  Yes
Product Name:   MD Store
Vendor:         MessagingDirect Ltd.
email:          [email protected]
phone:          (800) 850-0114
Product Name:   PMDF-MTA
Vendor:         Innosoft International
email:          [email protected]
phone:          (626) 919-3600
Trial Version:  Yes
Product Name:   Sendmail Advanced Message Server
Vendor:         Sendmail, Inc.
phone:          (510)-594-5400
Product Name:   Sun Internet Mail Server
Vendor:         Sun Microsystems
email:          see http://www.sun.com/smi/contacts.html
Trial Version:  Yes
Product Name:   University of Washington IMAP Server
Vendor:         University of Washington (Seattle, WA USA)
Free Version:   Yes

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