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Always on Enterprise E-Mail by Scalix?

Scalix gave enterprise e-mail a hand with its open source offering released today.

San Mateo, Calif.-based Scalix said open source and Linux clustering technology automatically detects failed messaging services and reroutes e-mail traffic to alternate servers, which allows organization to achieve 99.999 percent e-mail uptime.

The high-availability architecture supports both active/active and active/passive clustering. The high-availability functionality is free as part of Scalix Enterprise Edition, which the company touts as less complex and less costly than Microsoft Exchange and other solutions.

On the calendar side, Scalix 10 supports users on a variety of platforms. Using the iCal calendar data-exchange standard, Scalix 10 provides cross-platform calendar interoperability. This allows a transparent exchange of meeting requests and responses between Scalix and e-mail systems, such as Exchange, Notes/Domino and GroupWise.

"We require an enterprise-standard e-mail system that allows us to provide e-mail and calendaring to widely distributed users at a reduced cost," said Michel Khan, IT Director of European retailer Specsavers Optical Group, in a statement.

Other enhancements in Scalix 10 include stronger Outlook support with digital signatures, group-by and view-by capabilities, faster advanced find and an advanced rules wizard filter.

Improvements to the Scalix wireless solution include a streamlined user interface, a multi-tasking client and background synchronization.

On the server side, Scalix 10 supports the ability to host multiple Scalix domains on a single server for service providers looking to offer a hosted solution.

It provides 64-bit support for Fedora Core, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and SuSE Linux OSS 10 operating systems, enabling the Scalix server to take advantage of the increased memory and CPU power enabled by these systems.

The AJAX-based Scalix Administration Console in Scalix 10 features global password management to facilitate policy enforcement and automated reporting of user mailbox size.

Installation and configuration of the Scalix 10 server has also been simplified, while still allowing for command-line access for advanced users.

The Scalix 10 webmail client, Scalix Web Access (SWA), has an improved user interface, integrated address book personal distribution lists and several more functions that enable it to act as a primary e-mail client.