A sales distribution network project in the oil and gas field has spawned a secure server-based mail alternative to traditional email and web mail systems that so often are the target of spammers and virus attacks.
Dmail is a completely closed messaging system that operates from a back-end SQL database, supports html text only, and does not have an interface with email. It is intended as a secure messaging system between individuals across an enterprise or organization, between members of a club or group, or even between friends and families.
The system’s originator Peter Jackson said dmail had come out of development work that was carried out in the process of laying down a secure communications framework for the sales and distribution network of a major oil and gas company, so that a virtual warehouse could be viewed by the company’s distributors. The system had to be quick, secure and able to transfer large files rapidly, he said.
The dmail spin-off provides an exceptionally fast medium for accessing and exchanging large files such as music, images and film, Jackson claimed. Email will typically use SMTP and a POP3 server and that creates a choke point on the system, can put limitations on the file size of attachments, and can interfere with file formats. Dmail uses a web server only.
Every dmail user will have a minimum of one gigabyte of space. Message documents, PDF or XL files and other attachments, can be viewed on the host server without them having to be downloaded. It is a secure platform that cannot be penetrated by unwanted visitors or observers. It can also be used in chat mail mode across what is a secure link.
Initially, UK-based dmail is offering three products, all of which can be used globally: Wide World is a single user, One World is a closed group package, ideal for friends or family groups, and Corporate World, which is aimed at the larger enterprise-wide or worldwide corporate communications. Prices depend on the number of users, but typically will be about $25 per year for a single user and $135 per year for a group of 25 dmail addresses.