How can we enrich our sendmail MTAs to make them enterprise-ready?
My company has found that sendmail isn't anywhere near a replacement for the functionality Exchange provides. Someone suggested that I add to sendmail the API, document store and other tools on http://www.opengroupware.org
. Is this a good idea? Are thse tools enterprise-ready?
You are correct. Sendmail is a message transfer agent or MTA, not a full-featured messaging platform. Sendmail does an excellent job at what it was designed to do: route e-mail messages across the Internet. It wasn't designed, however, to handle the broader set of corporate e-mail requirements such as mail account management, message storage, calendaring, scheduling, contact management, corporate directories and much more.
I can't comment directly on whether opengroupeware is enterprise-ready or if it offers the features needed to address your organization's messaging requirements. What I can tell you is that there are a number of capable enterprise-ready corporate e-mail products available on Linux including Novell Groupwise, IBM Lotus Domino and the Scalix Email and Calendaring Platform. Each of these products should be compatible with your existing sendmail MTAs.
This was first published in May 2004