Mail Server Comparison
Those evaluating MailEnable will be sure to size up the product against competing solutions.
MailEnable encourages this, since we take enormous pride in our software and are confident that you will be impressed by our solutions.
MailEnable and other e-mail solutions (like SmarterMail
etc) generally perform the same common messaging roles (IMAP, POP, SMTP, SyncML, etc). In that respect, it is simply a matter of installing and
evaluating the software to determine which you prefer.
MailEnable does however provide some features that distinguishes it from other messaging solutions:
Affordable Rich Outlook Connectivity
The ability to integrate properly with Outlook, to provide an experience similar to Exchange for Outlook users. For example, if you
have Webmail open and make changes, you will see these immediately in Outlook (other solutions do not provide this level of integration).
You can see all the features for this on our MailEnable Enterprise Premium
Parallels/Plesk Default Mail Server
MailEnable is included as the default mail server engine with the Parallels Plesk provisioning engine. Plesk is renowned as being the
market leader in Internet service provisioning software.
Clustering & Fault Tolerance
MailEnable Enterprise supports multiple clustered servers. These servers can be flexibly configured to access the same configuration
and email data. This provides higher up time and protection from hardware failure. It also provides scalability by distributing load across
servers. Many MailEnable customers deploy solutions comprised of four or more servers; although smaller installations typically chose to
deploy two clustered servers for redundancy.
MailEnable allows you to use the Secure Password Authentication option in Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express. Otherwise Outlook
authenticates in plain text.
MailEnable allows the storage of configuration data in MySQL or SQL Server. This will improve performance on larger installations,
and can be easier for those requiring access to our configuration information.
MailEnable allows you to configure email addresses that can receive e-mail and convert it to SMS. This can be done by using an SMS
service provider (IntelliSMS, Clickatell and 24X are supported) or you can even connect your own mobile phone via serial to send out the
SMS. Emails can be converted to smaller format when sent (ie. tonight = 2nite).
Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Administration
MailEnable is administrable via the Microsoft Management Console as well as by Web Administration. MailEnable's MMC implementation means
that server administrators will be more familiar with configuring MailEnable, because it uses the configuration format and principles of
Microsoft's own applications (like SQL Server, Exchange etc).
Modular Queuing & Connector Architecture
MailEnable is modularised into Connectors and Services that use Queues to route messages for delivery. This provides more integration points
and allows the development of custom connectors.
HTML/WAP Email Client
As well as having a powerful and rich webmail client, MailEnable has a very lightweight mail client that can be used for mobile devices.
Whilst the client does not have all the features of our standard webmail, it is useful for older devices or to provide fast and lightweight
access to e-mail.
Microsoft originally released HTTPMail with Outlook Express as a means of accessing server based folders and e-mail (rather than having to
download them onto the client via POP). It was how Outlook Express used to connect to Hotmail. Outlook Express users can access the mail
server using this protocol. Since its release, IMAP has become more popular and is typically used as an alternative.
Scripted Filtering Engine
MailEnable has a powerful scripted filtering engine and allows you to write complex filters in Microsoft VBScript. This approach is
typically used when building a filter that has complex criteria.
There are also many other minor differences between MailEnable other e-mail systems, and these are best explored by evaluating the products.
What Am I Buying? An Asset or a Service, or Both?
When you buy an asset (car, house etc), you do not pay the salesman more money just because you drive the car further or spend more time at
home. MailEnable believes the same fundamental principles should apply when you purchase a mail server. They do with MailEnable,
but not with our competitors.
MailEnable's licensing model is unobtrusive by comparison because of the following:
- We believe that you should not be unnecessarily penalized for business growth
- We appreciate that the hosting industry requires large numbers of mailboxes and operates at low margins; and that per seat licensing is limiting
- We believe that when you buy an asset, you should own it without having to pay more for it
The benefits of MailEnable's licensing are best demonstrated with its Outlook Connector. The no-CAL licensing model means that it is now possible to provide the collaboration features of Outlook to large numbers of mailboxes.
In particular, ISPs and hosting companies now have a hosted Outlook connectivity platform that is cost effective.
The following table illustrates pricing comparisons between MailEnable and a competing product. In this case the SmarterTools
The table clearly illustrates the unobtrusive nature of MailEnable's licensing model.
Number of Users
Other Vendor Professional
Other Vendor Enterprise
Comparison is not available for MailEnable Enterprise Premium
because the Other Vendor
does not have a competing product. ie: They cannot provide native Outlook integration that is comparable to Outlook Exchange integration on Windows.
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