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Network Appliance, Sendmail Team on Mail Hosting

Content management solutions provider Network Appliance Inc. and Sendmail Inc. Tuesday teamed up to combine technologies designed to create a highly scalable mail hosting solution for service providers.

The e-mail solution leverages Network Appliance's storage capabilities with Sendmail's industry-leading application software to create a highly scalable, robust e-mail solution.

Network Appliance and Sendmail will co-op on marketing and technical support of the integrated e-mail solution for Internet and application service providers to maximize throughput and scalability.

Mark Santora, Network Appliance senior vice president of marketing, said the firm excited to collaborate with Sendmail on its integrated e-mail solution that takes advantage of a significant market opportunity.

"Network Appliance and Sendmail have mutual customers supporting millions of mailboxes, and many have expressed strong interest in this integrated solution," Santora said.

Jon Haass, Sendmail vice president of business development, said it is actively partnering with technology leaders like Network Appliance to develop e-business applications that facilitate transactions and customer interaction via e-mail.

"This integrated solution combines leading-edge technology from both partners to create a highly scalable product for the Internet mail hosting market," Haass said.

Network Appliance is a leading provider of network-attached storage appliances and currently hosts approximately 125 million e-mail subscribers and mailboxes worldwide.

Mark Levitt, International Data Corp. research director, said the e-mail business is the key to replacing paper in the business communications arena.

"E-mail usage is booming, with the number of e-mail mailboxes expected to jump from 385 million in 2000 to 750 million in 2005 worldwide," Levitt said. "The replacement of paper with e-mail for billing and account statement distribution, order processing, and direct marketing over the next several years will make having an e-mail mailbox as critical to our daily lives as a postal mailbox."

According to IDC, much of the estimated $400 billion spent currently on paper-based bill distribution and payment, order processing, account statements, and direct marketing is projected to migrate to Internet mail platforms by 2002.

Based in Emeryville, Calif., privately-held Sendmail delivers its ubiquitous e-mail platform for Internet communications, applications, and services. Sendmail, Inc. collaborates with its commercial customers, partners, and the open source community to advance its e-mail platform that powers a majority of e-mail servers in use over the Internet.

Network Appliance is an industry veteran of network file serving and caching systems. Its provided data access solutions since 1992 to major corporations and ISPs, including Lycos Inc. , Yahoo! Inc. , and Cisco Systems Inc. .