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Sendmail Launches Sendmail Pro

Sendmail Inc., whose products are used by many Internet providers for handling e-mail delivery, Monday released Sendmail Pro, its first commercial product.

Built on open source software, Sendmail Pro features a variety of enhancements, services and support. Through its acquisition of Sendmail for NT from MetaInfo Inc., the company plans to unite Sendmail Pro and Sendmail for NT into a new product scheduled to ship next spring.

Among the tools Sendmail Pro offers are:

  • Ready-to-use binary installation of sendmail, the Sendmail Pro browser interface and a wizard for creating new sendmail configuration files.
  • Web-based graphical configuration tools for updating existing configurations.
  • Graphical reporting and day-to-day management tools for administrative tasks.
  • Anti-spam integration to reduce the cost of controlling unsolicited mail.
  • Context-sensitive online help
  • Commercial packaging, documentation, service and support.

Sendmail will offer four levels of support and service, from free 30-day warranty to a premium annual package, beginning at at $120,000. Sendmail Pro is priced at $1,298 for a single processor, unlimited user license. Quantity discounts are provided for multiple processor licenses.

The company's upgrade strategy includes an e-commerce site, telesales and field sales. A variety of companies, including Sun Microsystems, Red Hat Linux, SGI, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, are bundling the software with their products. More than 40 international distributors and systems integrators worldwide plan to join Sendmail's channel program via the acquisition of MetaInfo's Sendmail for NT, including Dell, Intergraph and Motorola. Sendmail Pro has an installed base of more than 1.5 million existing users.

"To respond to the diverse needs of sendmail's diverse user community, we formed Sendmail earlier this year," said Eric Allman, chief technology officer of Sendmail, Inc. and author of sendmail.

"For some, open source software is great, as long it continues to be maintained and improved, as it has been for many years and will be in the future. For commercial users, ease-of-use features and services that reduce the need for internal support are becoming necessities. It's an idea whose time has come," said Allman.

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