Thursday October 12, 12:29 pm Eastern Time
Perl E-mail Management Software for Sendmail: PerlMx, the Power Tool for Sys Admins Debuts at Linux Showcase
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 2000--ActiveState, the leading
provider of Internet programming software and services, announces the
release of PerlMx, a tool that enables system administrators to create
customized, powerful mail scripts easily. A mail filter engine that
operates as a plug-in to Sendmail products, PerlMx provides for rapid
prototyping, debugging, and deployment of custom e-mail filtering
solutions. PerlMx is implemented at the server level, is extensible,
scalable, and currently runs on Linux, Solaris, and HP-UX.
PerlMx combines the speed and robustness of Perl, the most popular
Internet programming language, with sendmail, the de facto standard
Internet Mail server responsible for moving the majority of all
Internet Mail. PerlMx readily integrates with the Content Filter API
available in Sendmail Switch 2.1. This latest product offering from
Sendmail provides administrators an unprecedented level of control
over their Internet backbone with features such as administrator
alerts, attachment filtering, and subject line filtering. PerlMx's
persistent run time allows real time processing of every SMTP
transaction received by Sendmail. Unlike other e-mail management
products, the PerlMx approach enables system administrators to write
customized scripts to immediately reject messages based on size,
content, sender or recipient.
``We're delighted to bring the power, quickness and reliability of
Perl to the millions of sendmail users,'' said Dick Hardt, founder &
CEO, ActiveState. ``Given the business necessity of e-mail
communication, PerlMx will prove invaluable for administrators who are
now able to write a filter in five minutes to block viruses and spam
at the server level before they hit a user's inbox.''
Business communication over the Internet is predicted to increase
exponentially in the near future. Indicative of this Forrester
Research forecasts that ``permitted'' commercial e-mail messages will
grow from three billion today to 250 billion by 2002. With the average
number of commercial e-mail messages that U.S. online consumers
receiving annually rising from 40 last year to more than 1,600 by
2005, according to Jupiter Communications.
``Perl is a natural choice for manipulating e-mail given its
recognized strength in text processing,'' said Greg Olson, co-founder
and EVP Business Development, Sendmail, Inc. ``ActiveState's PerlMx is
a revolutionary new approach to e-mail management that provides rapid
design, development, and deployment of reliable e-mail filters to
serve the unique content management needs of enterprises.''
- Mail Archiving: selectively log e-mail traffic based on
- Volume Accounting: keep track of e-mail volumes to generate
- Custom Routing: redirect mail to third parties based on
sender, recipient or other external parameters
- Spam Control: implement your own heuristics for weeding out
- Keyword Scanning: add custom actions based on keywords in
- Content Rewriting: add new headers or change existing content
of to incoming messages
``PerlMx brings professional server-side e-mail content management
to the real world. Whether you're an ISP that wants to keep track of
e-mail bandwidth consumed by users, or a large corporation that must
implement evolving e-mail content policies, PerlMx will help you
create the custom solution that not only fits your needs, but grows
with them,'' said Gurusamy Sarathy, PerlMx Project Lead, ActiveState.
``PerlMx is a great way of incorporating the text and database
processing power of Perl into Sendmail,'' said Jim Baker, Chief
Technology Officer, Empact Solutions. ``Often the incoming mail
processing requirements for businesses who do high volume e-mail
processing can be overwhelming, PerlMx offers a way to address those
problems quickly while easily customizing the solution.''
PerlMx is free for educational and personal use. It is $495 US per
processor for commercial use. OEM versions are also available.
ActiveState is at the forefront of open source infrastructure
software, providing Internet programming products and services for all
popular operating systems including Linux, Solaris, and Windows.
ActiveState's key technology platforms are Perl, the Internet's most
popular programming language and Python, a user-friendly scripting
language. ActiveState solutions provide enterprise-wide deployment of
Perl and Python, improved programmer productivity, and seamless
integration with other technologies. ActiveState believes in the
evolution of core Perl and Python technologies and is committed to
broadening the appeal of Perl and Python by making available easy to
install packages for popular operating systems. For more information
About Sendmail, Inc.
Sendmail, Inc. provides mission-critical Internet messaging
solutions to corporations and service providers. As the primary source
of commercial software based on sendmail, the de facto standard
Internet Mail server, Sendmail, Inc. leads the development of Internet
Mail standards and ensures their early implementation in its
commercial and Open Source products. The company is headquartered in
Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the UK, Germany and France, and
distributors in Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on
Sendmail, Inc., visit its Web site at www.Sendmail.com.
Note to Editors: ActiveState and PerlMx are trademarks of
ActiveState Tool Corp. All other company names herein may be
trademarks of their respective owners.
Lori Pike, 604/484-6417
Barbel French, 510/594-5495