to benefit from "pervasive messaging" technology in new
IEMS Version 6
San Francisco, August 30,2001. Pervasive
messaging is the ability to connect people through anywhere-anytime
messaging via any kind of device. This is the vision software developer
International Messaging Associates (IMA) shall put within reach
of millions of GSM/SMS network users as it announced plans for the
release of Internet Exchange Messaging Server (IEMS) Version 6 within
the next two to three months.
The core of this new technology is the Messaging
Application Framework. It is an application development environment
where administrators can build simple messaging enabled applications,
linking them to Internet email, SMS, and/or the World Wide Web.
"While many messaging vendors are concentrating
their efforts on technologies with little to no industry acceptance,
IMA has instead chosen to listen to what customers are asking for
- namely tight integration of their main messaging infrastructure
with the existing GSM/SMS network," IMA President Tim Kehres said
during the Linux World Show in San Francisco.
The impact of these new features of IEMS 6 to business
applications is endless, whether under corporate or SOHO environments.
Take sales force automation, for instance. Through IEMS 6, field
sales personnel can access home office databases and retrieve information
while also allowing them to submit back management or market intelligence
reports on the move, using either their SMS enabled cell phone or
any web enabled device. Meanwhile, home users using IEMS6, can likewise
remotely monitor home network devices regardless of their location.
"With IEMS6, messaging is no longer isolated to
simple text messages between people, but a pervasive ingredient
to the way business and people's personal lives are conducted "
Complementing enhanced messaging integration capabilities,
IEMS6 offers calendaring and scheduling functions that not only
supports the traditional Microsoft Outlook backend server, but also
non-Microsoft server environments including Linux, Solaris, and
To address this IEMS6 is introducing enhanced SSL
support for its SMTP and SMTP Auth Support, added an attachment
removal filter, and a message store encryption module. SMTP SSL
support ensure link level encryption to protect from message-snooping
third parties monitoring traffic. Meanwhile, extending SSL support
to SMTP Service Authentication, ensures security while still allowing
the server's capability to receive messages from all sources which
is typical under integrated messaging environments. This authentication
system simply verifies valid server users before permitting mail
relays from them.
As a further security reinforcement, IEMS6 makes
use of an open source Attachment Removal filter to protect against
viruses transported through message attachments. Stored messages
on the backend message store server, meanwhile, are stored in encrypted
form making it difficult for anyone to read stored messages in the
The "open-shut" capabilities of IEMS6 takes pervasive
messaging to the limit without sacrificing on security, a delicate
balance which may spell success or failure for a messaging system
aiming to excel in areas where most servers turn in mediocre performances.
Asked about its retail prices, IMA revealed that
IEMS6 preliminary pricing is set at US$1,495 and will be released
by the end of the year. For present IEMS5 users, IMA disclosed that
customers who purchase IEMS 5 now at US$995 will be entitled to
a free upgrade to version 6.
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Solaris / HP-UX - supported IEMS 5.1 at Linux Show
San Francisco, August 28,2001.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, "
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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