TOP 10+ MAIL SERVERS

MDaemon – 100 Users $1015 Score: 9/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility or IIS, POP3 collection. Webmail looks good – several different themes. Windows console for admin and also good web interface, AV, AS, greylisting, archiving of email as it arrives, live monitoring of queues, SSL support, stores email in folders. Overall a great product that stands up to a good deal of bashing.

FTGate – 100 Users £660 Score: 8/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail looks good, similar to Outlook, no Send/Receive but Refresh, can’t use Delete key to delete a mail, have to use X on toolbar, easy to configure, AV can be integrated, archiving of old email, bayesian AS and greylisting. Looks more modern than Mailtraq but is configured through an HTTP interface. Good monitoring utilities. Had trouble with POP3 collection to user’s remote mailbox.

Mailtraq – 100 Users £540 Score: 8/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail looks ok, similar to Outlook, no Send/Receive but Refresh, can’t use Delete key to delete a mail, have to use X on toolbar, easy to configure, AV can be integrated, archiving of old email, bayesian AS and greylisting. MMC console snap-in for configuration. Enhanced Webmail interface if using IE. SSL support, stores email in a proprietry file.

Axigen – 100 Users €340 Score: 8/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. No Windows console for admin, but good range of features. Free version for 10 users available, stores email in a proprietry file. IMAP syncs between users immediately.

Ability Mail Server $200 Score 7/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail functional, auto-responders, anti-spam, anti-virus via command line, no archiving facility, very minimal live monitoring, SSL support, stores email in folders. IMAP syncs between users immediately. Had a few issues with IMAP through Outlook. Free 5 user version.

Mailenable – Professional 100 Users $349 Score: 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, Webmail needs IIS, POP3 collection. More complex options and broad range of settings but let down by webmail issues (unknown user and host headers not configured). Good monitoring of services. Migration from legacy email servers. SSL support, stores email in folders. Free unlimited users version available.  IMAP syncs between users immediately but doesn’t always see read/unread.

Winmail Mail Server (Magic Winmail) – 100 Users $499 Score: 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, built in HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Webmail looks good, traditional webmail look, Receive button, can’t use Delete key to delete a mail, have to use Delete button, easy to configure, AV can be integrated, archiving (copying) of email, greylisting, live monitoring, stores email in folders. IMAP doesn’t sync between users immediately but other than that this program is amazing. Has fallen over a couple of times when bashed by a lot of email.

HMailServer – 100 Users £Free Score: 6/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, POP3 collection. Max 20MB email size is a shame, lots of configuration options. Stores email in a database.

ArGoSoft – $59 Score: 6/10
.NET required. POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, Webmail needs IIS, POP3 collection. SSL support, stores email in folders.  IMAP syncs between users immediately but doesn’t always see read/unread.

AA Mail Server – $168/year Score: 5/10
POP3, SMTP mail server, NO IMAP, Webmail needs IIS, POP3 collection. Anti-spam, no archiving. No SSL.

EVO Mail Server – 100 Users $799 Score: 5/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server, no webmail facility. Simple to configure, fewer options.

Mercury/32 Mail Server – 100 Users £195 Score: 5/10
POP3, IMAP, SMTP mail server with HTTP server for Webmail facility, POP3 collection. Antiquated install and program look. Configuration options are all there but looks dated. No uninstall routine.

Microsoft Exchange – 100 Users £4000 Score: 1/10
Everybody knows Exchange is the top-selling mail server for business, but why? It is so unbelievably terrible and terrifying that I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot barge pole, having installed, maintained and taught it (in my training days) for years at various client sites. You would have to be completely off your rocker to go anywhere near this product. The main problem is that it stores email in one file, Priv1.edb, so you are absolutely guaranteed a failure and catastrophic loss of all email at some point during the life of your Exchange server, unless you have a backup – from which it would take days to recover. It does, however, have every conceivable feature that a mail server might need, but you’d better have a pair of brown trousers handy when it all goes wrong.