In a bid to lower the price of enterprise-class e-mail, Sendmail and Compaq will announce this week a plan to sell Sendmail's popular Internet mail software bundled on Compaq's Linux servers.
The announcement will be made at the LinuxWorld Expo in New York. The deal means that Sendmail's Mailstream Manager and Integrated Mail Suite software packages are available immediately on Compaq's Pro-Liant servers.
Sendmail officials said Compaq's Pro-Liant servers -- with their Intel processors and open source Linux software -- will set a new standard in affordability for enterprise-class e-mail. The two companies already have shipped bundles to a California health care company and a mobile telephony provider.
Sendmail's software hosts and routes Internet e-mail and integrates with end-user e-mail packages from Microsoft, Lotus, Eudora and others. Adopted by 700 corporations, Sendmail's software is the most widely used e-mail platform on the Internet. When compared to the open source sendmail software, Sendmail's commercial offerings provide added security, fault-tolerance and administration features required by large corporations and service providers.
With the Compaq announcement, Sendmail is adding another platform to its current list, which includes IBM mainframes, Sun Solaris servers and Windows NT servers. Sendmail officials said Compaq servers are the most cost-effective platform for fast-growing companies.
Sendmail officials said a company that bought Sendmail's software on a ProLiant DL380-G2 server would spend 215 percent less to support 10,000 users than running the same software on a Sun E450 server.
"The total cost of acquisition for the Compaq platform is (US)$4.80 per user. That's everything you need to set up the system,'' says Greg Olson, chairman and co-founder of Sendmail. "The Sun E450 platform with the same Sendmail software costs $10.30 per user.''Olson said Sendmail had pursued this deal with Compaq, which is the leader in Linux server sales.
"I believe that in a fairly short time frame, we will have three operating systems: Windows, Linux and...Solaris,'' Olson says. "Linux is very important in our picture. We have actively gone out and picked the partners that we think are most important in driving into the Linux market.''The Sendmail/Compaq offering is available from both companies.