August 30, 2001

IMA unveils Solaris/HP-UX-supported IEMS 5.1 at Linux show

Author: JT Smith

Not only does it run on Windows and Linux, but now
it also runs under Solaris and HP-UX operating systems. This is one among the many new
features that International Messaging Associates (IMA) made public during the
launching of its enhanced Internet Exchange Messaging Server (IEMS) 5.1 in the
Mandrake Pavilion at the Linux World Expo.

The enhancement comes less than three months from IEMS 5's official release last
June. While this may be regarded as exceptional in the industry, it also reflects the
dynamic pace of development in the messaging technology market.

Aside from the added capability and compatibility to run across multiple Operating
Systems, IEMS 5.1 also added features to reinforce user and administrative security as
well customization qualities. To ensure the privacy of confidential data passing
through its system, IEMS 5.1 has added SSL and TLS support for its IMAP4 / POP3
protocols working with an SSL supported Apache server. Meanwhile, by opening up IEMS
5's preprocessor API, third party developers can now build custom filter modules (such
as archiving agents, content filters, etc), or gateway modules.

Apparently, its thrust to capture the SOHO market has also made IMA re-strategize the
manner by which it is marketing IEMS 5. In a move that what most industry observers
say is a competitive maneuver targeted not only to gain a foothold of the SOHO market
but also gain a share of the Linux market from Sendmail, IMA now offers a free
scaled-down option for IEMS 5.1 - an MTA packaged with a three-user license in its
message store but with several of its key features disabled.

"Market dictates practically defined the kind of enhancements we added in IEMS 5.1"
IMA President Tim Kehres said. "Our inroads to the China market has made us decide to
add a simple and traditional Chinese language support for our Web Mail Client and
Administrative interfaces aside from French, German and Spanish GUIs IEMS5.1 now has.
Offering a three-user free version of IEMS 5.1 is just an option we want to offer SOHO
customers who simply need the bare essentials of a cost-effective messaging system, "
Kehres said.

IMA sources say that more enhancements can be expected beyond IEMS 5.1. In fact,
Kehres is looking forward to announce plans for an IEMS 6 that are targeting release
in the next two to three months. In relation to this, IMA also announced that it
would be giving free 5.1 upgrades to current IEMS 5 users.

"It is a must to innovate continuously, but we also have to prepare our customers to
cope with the pace with minimal disruptions," Kehres said.

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