||This article appears to be written like an advertisement. (October 2012)|
|Stable release||7.0 (December 20, 2012[±])|
|Preview release||Non [±]|
|Operating system||Linux, CentOS|
|Type||Webmail Mail server ActiveSync|
|License||Commercial with source|
Atmail is a commercial Linux messaging platform provider. The company was founded in 2001 and has its company headquarters located in Peregian Beach, Australia. The company develops webmail, mail-server and groupware solutions built for Linux and other Unix operating systems, and includes the source code under a commercial license.
Originally developed in 1998, Atmail was one of the first commercial Webmail products available at the time providing an alternative to desktop clients which required installation and lengthy account setup when needing to check email from a different computer. The software is now more commonly referred to as Atmail instead of the original name '@Mail'. Initially developed in Perl, Atmail is now offered in PHP using the Zend Framework for ease-of-customization by a larger number of developers.
- May 19, 2008 a free version of the Atmail webmail client was made available. Named AtMail Open, it is a lightweight, webmail-only version of the commercial application and is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license.
- mid-2009 the Kurrajong, NSW office was fitted with a 1 kW solar pannel array.
- July 17, 2009 Atmail released the new 6.X version which is a complete rewrite of the software based on the Zend and jQuery platform.
- Sept 8 2010 – The flagship Atmail 6.20 version was released with support for Exchange ActiveSync
- mid-2011 – Atmail started a free public WiFi network covering the Peregian Beach village shopping area. Stickers around the local businesses advertise its coverage. Open-Mesh is used to manage bandwidth. SSID: Peregian Free Wifi
- early 2012 – The Atmail Peregian Beach Head office was also fitted out with 57 solar panels on the roof capable of 10 kW. As of May 2012, the office was only using 5% of the power generated with the reset returned to the Queensland power grid.
- Nov 2012 – Australia VC fund, Starfish Ventures invest $2M USD. John Dyson & Anthony Glenning join Atmail board
- Dec 2012 – Atmail released the new 7.X version.
For a business with less than 20 employees, Atmail's products are in use by some large business and organisations, some in-turn have an even larger customer base running on an Atmail backend. Due to Atmail's Australian foundation and head office location many clients are also from Australia. Due to growing US demand, Atmail now has a presence in America. Some of these business include:
- Fortis (finance)
- Media Temple
- National Guard of the United States
- YTL Corporation
- SingTel Optus
- United States Department of Energy
- Virgin Atlantic Airways
The use of Atmail by these business may or may not be public. It's often easy to tell when a public system is based on Atmail due to the design of the login page.
The software serves three main functions:
Atmail Email Server - Leverages open source projects such as Dovecot, Exim and MySQL on the backend to provide a comprehensive mailserver solution with management via an easy to use 'Webadmin' control panel. Support for IMAP/POP3/SSL/SMTP/TLS
Atmail Groupware - Provides a complete CalDAV web-based client, and CalDAV server based on the Apple Calendar server project. Support for shared calendars, delegation, Outlook sync, and all the features available in CalDAV 3.x.
Atmail Appliance - is Atmail's Plug and Play solution for an enterprise email solution. Atmail with an external server builder have created a custom specced server optimized for running the pre-installed Atmail Email Server software. The servers come in a variety of sizes based on number of system users. The server hardware is branded with Atmail's design and the delivery box includes a printed setup guide, restore software on a bootable USB thumb drive and a T-Shirt! CentOS is used as the Operating System.
"ArchiveVault" - was built to help many large businesses adhere to increasing regulations for logging of all email communications. This capture and store system is built with search & filtering tools to make retrieval of email evidence easier when putting together a case.
Atmail Cloud - in 2012 Atmail soft launched a Cloud computing based offering to compete against other cloud business offerings like Google Apps & Microsoft 360. Marketing is aimed at targeting small and medium businesses in the graphic design & web design segment looking to resell email, contacts & calendaring to their own customers. Atmail Cloud is built on Atmail Server with a control pannel to allow an administrator access to set-up functions and usage and payment stats.
Atmail utilizes the following technology:
- Exchange ActiveSync
- Zend on PHP
- Comparison of mail servers
- List of mail servers
- Message transfer agent
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- "Kurrajong office goes Solar". Atmail Communications Blog. Atmail.
- "Atmail 6.2 Released with ActiveSync Push Support and New CalDAV Features". PRWeb. 2010-08-09.