Sendmail Begins European Coverage with U.K.

LONDON (04/13/2000) - Help is on its way for European users of the popular open-source Internet mail transfer agent, sendmail.

Sendmail Inc., a provider of software enhancements and support services for the sendmail package opened an office in the U.K. yesterday, its first European presence.

"This is the most important market right now. The growth here in e-mail is by far the highest in the world," Greg Olsen, president and chief executive officer of Sendmail Inc., said.

The open source sendmail platform was originally written in 1981 to allow communication between Arpanet, the U.S. military system; Berknet, the system at the University of California at Berkeley; and Unix network UUCPNet, and is now in use around the world. "Sendmail is currently running on over 75 percent of the servers on the Internet," Olsen said.

The company is aiming at European telecommunications companies that want to become ISPs and ASPs (application service providers), as well as e-government programs. While the vanilla open-source version of sendmail suited their needs, "A lot of companies have policies against using free, unsupported software," he said.

The company will continue its expansion by announcing the launch of central European operations based in Germany next month and southern European operations based in Paris in June.

Pricing for commercial versions of sendmail start at US$99 for a supported version of sendmail single switch. Pricing for large ISPs can rise to over $500,000.

Sendmail Inc., in Emeryville, California, can be reached at +1-510-594-5400, or on the Web at http://www.sendmail.com/. The U.K. office, in Bracknell, can be reached at +44-1344-668019.

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