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On the Way to Strong Administration

  • August 3, 2006
  • By Nelson King

When it comes to security, anti-spam, anti-virus, archiving, and other functionality, Scalix takes an unusual approach--"via 3rd party interface." Most other comparable servers, whether on Linux or Windows, support (and often include) specific third-party products in their package. For anti-virus, Scalix lists Clam AV, McAfee, and Trend Micro InterScan VirusWall as compatible. For anti-spam, only Spam Assassin is listed. This approach is nothing if not open-ended; you are free to choose. However, the acquisition, installation, and configuration of these products is not an altogether simple process. If there are difficulties, to which party do you turn? Other products, for example the Merak Linux Mail Server, not only ship with integrated third-party anti-virus and anti-spam functions but also provide related security enhancements of their own.

Although the do-it-yourself ethos of Linux software is understood, we still feel that commercial Linux software--especially if it is to compete with products on the Windows platform--must find ways to make the administrator's job less technical and more integrated. In this respect, Scalix must integrate more command-line functions into the Administrative Console. Perhaps some third-party support products (e.g., anti-virus, anti-spam, or backup) should have explicit integration. That said, as an e-mail server with groupware services, the foundation (due largely to HP) is solid, and Scalix should appeal to organizations seeking more Linux servers for cost savings or to replace more expensive Microsoft Exchange Server systems

Pros: E-mail engine is based on from HP OpenMail; Excellent alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server from a functionality perspective (mail and groupware).
Cons: Lacks integrated functionality often included in similar products (e.g., IM support, anti-virus, anti-Spam and a list server); Administrative Console needs additional control, especially over the details of user management; More reporting capabilities needed.

This article originally appeared on ServerWatch, a JupiterWeb site.

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