Any success software product developing extends the implementations areas. This is the requisite condition to integrate the software into business, company, etc infrastructure. Practically always such software products have the score which is the basis for new technologies and modules. A lot of experts hold the opinion that for Lotus/Domino the enterprise level email system is such the score.
Lotus (afterwards IBM) position on email system market is always strong. We may mention here Lotus сc:Mail. Later on Notes supported emailing component from the earliest versions. These mechanisms always were permanently developed and improved. Starting from v. 4.5, email server of Domino was integrated with Internet email system. Email mechanisms of are «native» for all Domino databases. Mail box of a user in Domino is a regular server’s database. It is possible to set up email routing from via local copy of email box (by replication mechanism). Moreover, the system administrator can tune e-mail receiving into any dominoqq pkv database (by Mail-In Database document).
Now server Domino supports such protocols as SMTP, POP3, IMAP, MIME and S/MIME. As a clients for Domino can be used: Lotus Notes, any browser (usually via iNotes interface), clients of other manufactories (e.g. MS Outlook). In Domino R6 version were improved:
o the scalability and affectivity procedures of email servers. The advances have come about through the use of increasing the mail boxes number of the server (MAILx.BOX) and independent Directory server feature;
o the algorithms of emails processing by Rules and Policy mechanisms as well as by supporting by a server Router of several organizations. Using these possibilities the administrator can create complex SPAM protection filters;
o possibility of quotation for users mail box creation.
Many companies use e-mail system based on Domino even if the users number are about tens or hundreds of thousands. In the list such companies are included as: IBM (internal e-mailing is based Domino exclusively), DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bank, Countrywide, Kemet, Kaiser Permanente.
Resume: email solutions based on Domino win confidence over worldwide users from middle and big companies because of scalability, multiplatform, efficient production , reliability, secure, reasonable price/quality correlation. Number of more than 100 millions Lotus Notes and Domino licenses in use – is the best confirmation to the fact.