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PostPath Presents Breakthrough Email Technology at DEMOfall ‘06 Conference

Linux-based Enterprise Email Server Maker PostPath Announces Email Compatibility Breakthrough at DEMOfall

October 2, 2006; 04:21 AM
PostPath, creator of the Linux-based PostPath Email and Collaboration Server, publicly demonstrated native, network protocol level compatibility with Microsoft Outlook™, Active Directory™, already installed Exchange Servers, and other email ecosystem applications such as BlackBerry™.

According to PostPath CEO Duncan Greatwood, “this is the first time any company, outside of Microsoft, has demonstrated full, native support for the Exchange network protocols for email and collaboration without using plug-ins, connectors or making any other kind of desktop software changes.”

"The DEMO conferences are renowned for spotlighting companies that break new ground and PostPath is a great example of a company poised to significantly change the corporate email and collaboration space,” said Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMO Conferences. “By creating an email server that natively supports both market incumbents such as Outlook™ and products based on open source and open standards, the company is breaking new ground, giving users a completely new set of choices when it comes to their email and collaboration infrastructure.”

“PostPath is pleased to use the DEMOfall Conference to show the details of our radically different approach to email and collaboration – an approach that will make it possible for our users to keep one foot in the Microsoft camp and also take advantage of the new generation of cost-effective tools and capabilities that are part of the open world,” said PostPath CEO, Duncan Greatwood.

Today, PostPath demonstrated both an unmodified Outlook client and an open-source AJAX Web client from Zimbra connected to a PostPath Server, viewing calendar free-busy information for both Exchange and PostPath hosted users.

The ability to view cross-server free/busy in a mixed Linux and Windows server environment has never been possible before. “PostPath’s unique server-side, network-protocol-based compatibility is the key to unlocking Exchange’s hold over enterprise infrastructure,” said Greatwood. “This gives users the ability to take advantage of a new generation of efficient, cost-effective tools and capabilities in an open infrastructure, while avoiding disrupting their existing systems and indeed providing the means to carry the best of those systems forward into the future.”

As additional proof of this approach, PostPath demonstrated email server replication and hot failover using – DRBD and Linux-HA – two open-source technologies that are built into Linux. The open-system nature of the PostPath Server allowed the implementation of high availability without expensive proprietary technologies. DEMO attendees saw an unmodified Outlook desktop connected to a PostPath server continue working without disruption after power-off of the primary PostPath Server initiated hot failover to a standby server machine.

“High Availability is another area where PostPath combines the power of open systems with proprietary interoperability to deliver the best of both worlds, allowing IT to move away from lock-in into a heterogeneous world where they can take full advantage of their proprietary product investments and powerful cost-effective next-generation infrastructure,” concluded Greatwood.

About DEMOfall ‘06

Produced by Network World Events and Executive Forums, the semi-annual DEMO conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launch pad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. Each DEMO conference features approximately 70 new companies, products and technologies. For more information, visit www.demo.com.

About PostPath

Backed by Worldview Technology Partners and Matrix Partners, PostPath has created a Linux-based email and collaboration server that is the only drop-in alternative to Microsoft Exchange. Founded in December 2003, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit www.postpath.com.

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