HP shake hands on open source email deal

HP shake hands on open source email deal

By Stuart Finlayson

HP has sent out a strong signal that it wants to cosy up to the open source community as well as Microsoft users by signing an agreement with Sendmail to sell its email software.

While HP has a long history of co-operation with Microsoft, whose Exchange software competes with Sendmail's open source applications, it has also been working closely with Sendmail for some time, having signed a joint marketing deal as far back as 2001. This is the first time that the pair have entered into a reseller agreement.

The deal also represents the culmination of testing of Sendmail's email software - which is largely designed to combat Spam - on HP's ProLiant servers.

"HP is committed to providing customers with tested, proven, Linux-based solutions, like Sendmail's email products, allowing them to deploy cost-effective, reliable Linux solutions with confidence in their enterprise infrastructure," said Judy Chavis, worldwide director of Linux, HP Industry Standard Servers.

"Sendmail's email software on HP ProLiant servers provides customers with a secure, flexible and high-performance email solution that is optimised for Linux," said Greg Olson, chairman and co-founder, Sendmail.

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