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ThinkMail Makes European Debut

[London, ENGLAND] ThinkMail, a secure outsourced e-mail solution from Scottish ISP iomart Group plc, made its European debut Monday following successful pre-launch trials.

With ThinkMail, iomart hopes to exploit what is sees is a largely untapped European demand for securely managed mission-critical e-mail. It says it will compete with other services on cost, security and reliability, while also offering server level anti-virus protection, e-billing, and a mobile phone text message capability.

Angus MacSween, chief executive of iomart, admitted his company was ahead of the market in creating solutions to problems about which the commercial sector was not even aware existed. But the strategy of being "ahead of the game" meant that iomart had a vital lead in designing custom-made answers for what he called "today's rapidly changing business landscape."

Daniel Smith, iomart director of application service provider services, emphasized the cost savings, saying that ThinkMail is between 60 and 90 percent of the cost of an e-mail system managed in-house.

ThinkMail's e-billing capability allows users to bill their customers online. The system also offers upselling and referral opportunities, all of which help to make it an attractive proposition for corporate users.

Other features of ThinkMail include easy remote control and a robust infrastructure, enabling company-wide e-mail access with plenty of room for expansion.

To create the new system, iomart has partnered with Sun, Cisco, Hitachi and Sendmail, and claims to have created one of the best e-mail hosting platforms for commercial, large-scale applications in the U.K. It is designed for an uptime of 99.99 percent, providing secure messaging at a fixed monthly cost.

The iomart Group is proving to be one of Britain's most innovative ISPs, with interests across a whole range of related technologies. It offers not only messaging but also DSL, ISDN, bandwidth on demand, Voice over IP, traditional telephony, Internet access, Virtual Internet Service Provider services, Web hosting, co-location, web site building, and domain name registration.