Oracle Communications Messaging Server
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Oracle's Messaging Server could potentially be the most widely deployed commercial email server on the planet, with claims of 150 million mailboxes deployed worldwide (mostly by ISPs, telcos, universities, government, and cable TV broadband providers).
History of development
Oracle Communications Messaging Server has a long history, drawing technology from
- Sun Internet Mail Server (SIMS)
- Netscape Messaging Server (NMS)
- PMDF from Innosoft
In addition to the Messaging Server's three parents, the software has undergone multiple brand naming changes:
- iPlanet Messaging Server
- Sun ONE Messaging Server
- Sun Java System Messaging Server
- Oracle Communications Messaging Exchange Server
- Oracle Communications Messaging Server
The code base has been carried on throughout these minor brand changes with only feature enhancements and bug fixes.
The Messaging Server was part of Sun's Java Enterprise System bundle of Internet/Intranet server software from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, the Messaging Server was packaged as part of smaller bundle called the Sun Java Communications Suite which includes Sun Java Calendar Server, Sun Java Instant Messaging Server, and Sun Java Communications Express. This suite is now known as Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite.
Supporting server software for the Messaging Server includes Sun Java Directory Server, Sun Java Access Manager, and Sun Java Web Server. The supporting software is included in the Communications Suite bundle with limited-use license rights. Messaging Server also includes a web application called Convergence, which provides webmail as well as web-based access to other Communications Suite functionality such as calendaring and instant messaging.
The Messaging Server is supported to run on multiple operating systems including Solaris and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Versions 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2 were also available for HP-UX and Microsoft Windows.
References and footnotes
- Jonathan Hawkins, blogs.oracle.com, "Ferris Newsletter: Sun Email #1 Largest on Planet!", November 14, 2005 (quoting David Ferris Newsletter of Nov. 2005).
- Netscape Messaging Server's predecessor, Netscape Mail Server, was largely based on code licensed from another product called Software.com Post.Office. The licensed code was phased out in later versions.
- Oracle Communications, "Data sheet: Oracle Communications Messaging Server" (copyrighted 2011). Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- Oracle Communications Messaging Server Overview
- Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite Overview
- MsgServerDocWiki: contains documentation, FAQ and tips for installation, configuration, operation, and troubleshooting of Sun Java System Messaging Server
- Factotum: a blog written by a Messaging Server tech writer. Provides some inside information and sneak preview of what's to come in future releases.
- Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.3 Product Library Documentation
- Messaging Server 7.0 Documentation