CommuniGate Pro

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CommuniGate Pro
Developer(s) CommuniGate Systems Inc.
Initial release February 2, 1998; 16 years ago (1998-02-02)[1]
Stable release 6.0.9 / March 31, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-03-31)[2]
Development status Active
Operating system Windows, Unix-like, others
Type email, PBX, instant messaging
License Shareware
Website www.communigate.com

CommuniGate Pro (also referred to as CGP) is the a shareware mail server, personal information manager and Voice over IP software product with advanced configurability features, high scalability and various software integration facilities.

Features[edit]

CommuniGate Pro provides web interface (with context-insensitive online help facilities) for configuration of its services.[3] Since version 5 custom procedural CG/PL scripting language is provided for performing advanced configuration tasks, including modification of or integration with software's modules. Perl, Java and command line interface-based application programming interfaces are also available.[4]

CommuniGate Pro integrates with Microsoft Outlook via bundled Messaging Application Programming Interface and ActiveSync connectors.[3][4][5] Support for other personal information managers, including Apple Inc.'s iCal, is also available. Communications between connectors and server may be encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) cryptographic protocols.[6]

Email[edit]

CommuniGate Pro includes mail transfer agent (MTA) that supports POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP (along with their secure variations), as well as webmail interface.[4] Apart from standard genre-defined functionality, it is capable of subscribing users to several mailboxes and advanced mail filtering (including calling arbitrary external software, eg. SpamAssassin for anti-spam protection).[3] Anti-virus protection is available via extra modules, sold separately.[4]

Collaboration[edit]

Since version 5 CommuniGate Pro includes Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) server, which provids instant messenging and voice and video conferencing along with custom Windows Messenger-compatible collaboration-oriented extentions for presence sharing, whiteboarding, and screen and file sharing.[4][6]

Starting with version 5.1 CommuniGate Pro includes its own XML Interface to Messaging, Scheduling, and Signaling (XIMSS) protocol together with flash-based "Pronto!" client for this protocol. XIMSS offers HTTP- and XML-based client interface to a complex of communications services provided by one server.[5] Although the protocol is not bound to CommuniGate Pro, its scope is derived from the parent project's functionality; so far no other XIMSS servers were announced.

Since version 5.1 Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is also supported.[5]

Distribution model[edit]

CommuniGate Pro is available as free download, although until registered, it adds a one-line banner to the messages.[3] The list of supported platforms include AIX, BeOS, BSD/OS, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IBM OS/2, IBM OS/400, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OpenVMS, OS X, QNX, SCO UnixWare, SCO OpenServer, SGI IRIX, Solaris, Tru64, and Microsoft Windows.[4][6][7]

Connecters may be installed onto clients directly from deployed server and support automatic update feature.[6]

Reception[edit]

In their generally positive reviews, Wendy M. Grossman of ZDNet, Aaron Weiss of ServerWatch and Michael Caton of eWeek praised CommuniGate Pro for its scalability, set of features and high configurability, while criticising it for high price and complexity.[3][4][6] Aaron Weiss notes: "CommuniGate Pro is extremely configurable. It wants to be configured. It begs for it. This is a hard-core enterprise server product likely to intimidate point-and-click administrators but happily curl every tech monkey's tail."[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Version 1.x Revision History", CommuniGate, retrieved June 5, 2014 
  2. ^ "Version 6.0 Revision History", CommuniGate, retrieved June 5, 2014 
  3. ^ a b c d e Grossman, Wendy M. (May 2, 2003), "CommuniGate Pro", ZDNet, retrieved June 5, 2014 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Weiss, Aaron (December 28, 2005), "Communicate Like the Pros", ServerWatch, retrieved June 5, 2014 
  5. ^ a b c "CommuniGate Pro product guide", CommuniGate Pro, retrieved June 5, 2014 
  6. ^ a b c d e Caton, Michael (August 15, 2005), "Review: CommuniGate Pro Real-Time Collaboration 4.3", eWeek: 2, retrieved June 5, 2014 
  7. ^ "Download", CommuniGate, retrieved June 5, 2014