SMS Sets Global Standards for Email Hosting

Released on: February 19, 2008, 7:49 am

Press Release Author: Simply Mail Solutions

Industry: Internet & Online

Press Release Summary: Simply Mail Solutions Leads The Way In High Quality Email

Press Release Body: Warrington, Tuesday February 19th, 2008. Simply Mail Solutions,
based in Warrington, Cheshire, UK was set up in 2006 to enter the growing market for
email hosting, particularly aimed at SMEs. The company has grown rapidly and has
over 1000 customers in 35 countries.

SMS is setting standards for the email hosting industry in four ways:

. Equipment is located in two independent high quality Data Centres in Manchester
with excellent separate Internet connectivity and all the facilities such as back-up
power that continuously on-line services now require. The locations are connected by
high speed diversely routed fibre links so that both sites have completely
independent Internet connections each of which has diverse connectivity. The fibre
connection effectively puts the sites on the same LAN allowing SMS to build in
redundancy and data transfers from servers and appliances between sites. Development
and some backup customer functions are located at the SMS NOC - effectively a third

. Use of high availability data storage from leading supplier NetApps ensures that
data is always available and backed up continuously using near-instant SnapShot

. Servers are now VMware clusters. This means that the various software servers are
running on a smaller number of closely interconnected very powerful hardware
servers. Should a software server crash its functions can be running on other
servers in the cluster in seconds (even if the hardware is actually in the other
data centre). Also because the servers can be used more efficiently less power is
required hence they are a green solution compared with lots of underutilised smaller

. The in-house developed Control Panel allows users to easily manage their mailboxes
on-line whenever they want. The CRM system is also available on-line 24/7 allowing
users to manage their billing, at any time, from anywhere.

SMS offers the following email servers: SMS NexGen a powerful POP3/IMAP option, MS
Exchange, and Zimbra CS plus Windows Mobile 5/6 and BlackBerry support with full
push email/calendars/contacts/tasks. These are complimented by anti-spam,
anti-virus, domain registration and web hosting options. Larger users go for
dedicated rather than shared hosting.

The market for email hosting has had two major drivers a) the increasing cost and
hassle in installing, running, and maintaining a server and b) the increasing use of
mobile phones for email. The latter requires more advanced email server software
such as Microsoft Exchange, Zimbra CS and BlackBerry BES and places even more load
on the servers and the people who have to maintain them. SMS has just added support
for BlackBerry mobile phones and also supports Windows Mobile which is available on
many smartphones. Apple iPhone is also supported.

SMS MD Colin Smith commented "It is important to stand back and look at what is
required to build a world class email hosting company and we believe that with the
developments we have made, we are setting that standard. Two hosting sites was a
major development allowing us to move towards a very robust system, even towards
disaster recovery standards. We believe that this will be a major consideration for
customers as we expand because of the importance of email in the corporate IT
structure. It also increases the incentive for larger companies (hundreds or
thousands or mailboxes) to outsource their email to us."

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Contact Details: For more information contact Colin Smith, Managing Director
T 44 1925 818448

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