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Linux Journal: Caldera Feeds Mid-sized Business Needs with Simple MS Exchange Replacement

Dec 11, 2001, 23:40 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

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"Caldera's VARs, picked up with the acquisition of SCO last year, had a problem: Microsoft Exchange. Microsoft's notoriously complex mail server package was impractical for small and mid-sized businesses, but in order to sell those customers on a replacement, VARs had to offer compatibility with the shared address books and calendars that are part of the popular mail client Microsoft Outlook.

"The whole Exchange thing has been holding people hostage", said Caldera software architect Louis Imershein. The problem wasn't stability or price, but the need for an expensive Microsoft Exchange-certified consultant to deploy even a small or mid-sized mail server.

The solution is Caldera's Volution Messaging Server, which combines SMTP, IMAP, POP and web mail in a single, web-administered package licensed for $28 per seat. "Users don't know it's not Microsoft Exchange", Imershein said. And from the administrator's point of view, the skills to be mastered are simpler than those in the thick MS Exchange manuals."

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