Novell Releases (Yet Another) Internet Messaging System
14 , 2000
ORLANDO, Fla. (ISPCON Spring 2000), May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell, Inc.,
a leading provider of Net services software, announced availability of
the Novell Internet Messaging System2.5. An extremely scalable, cost-effective
messaging service, Novell Internet Messaging System 2.5 makes it possible
for service providers to offer fast, reliable hosted e-mail accounts to
partners, vendors and customers. Central to the release of Novell Internet
Messaging System 2.5 is its ability to span across the Net to the Linux*,
Solaris* and NetWare(R) platforms.
Why should we be surprised that Novell's latest Internet Messaging tool
supports Linux, Solaris, and Netware platforms? The answer is simply that
we shouldn't. Multi platform support was added to Novell's flagship messaging
server GroupWise several months ago. The 'new' Internet Messaging system
is nothing more than a stripped down version of GroupWise with a built-in
List Server and personalization features; yet Novell is targeting the
ASP and ISP market touting a total mailbox cost of $20 per seat. This
is an outrageously high price compared to its direct competitors such
as Software.com and Mirapoint, as Mirapoint carries a mailbox cost, with
a web mail client included (not to mention hardware) for .80 cents U.S.
predict this product will fail miserably in the highly competitive ISP/ASP
space. While the addition of a list server and personalization features
is nice, the GroupWise MTA (Message Transfer Agent) is too slow to handle
the message processing for large to extremely large mailing lists in a
timely fashion. This is a major flaw.
For an ISP or an ASP to pay $20 (USD) per client seat would put most of
them out of business. The most an ISP or an ASP would want to pay per
mailbox is no more than $5 USD, and preferably far less than that. Unless
Novell significantly reduces its price point to less than $5 per seat
to better compete, we recommend avoiding this product and instead evaluate
Software.com, Sendmail, Inc., and Mirapoint, which are not only priced
more appealingly to the Internet e-business market, but also perform better.