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Tough time for ISPs

New Delhi, Sept 19: Internet service providers—already struggling to survive in a cut-throat world—have been given a red alert: more and more companies are choosing to rely on their own mail server systems and that could knock the stuffing out of ISPs’ business prospects.

According to IDC, this new trend is catching on. More than 49.6 per cent of the companies have their own mail servers and this is expected to go up to 68.8 per cent over the next two years.

The IDC report predicts a major fall in use of ISP services for e-mails from 32.2 per cent to 6.3 per cent. The percentage of third party hosted server is also set to dip marginally from 10.6 per cent to 6.3 per cent and the use of private e-mail services is also set to come down from 9.1 per cent to 6.3 per cent in the next two years.

The most desirable features by existing users as well as future users while purchasing a mail server were found to be security, single log in directory access, message encryption, full text search and retrieval, multiple network operating system support and server based user configuration data.

IDC India has ranked Exchange 2000 Server from Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. as the leader in enterprise mail messaging and collaboration platform.

The report also revealed that Unix send mail is second with 14 per cent penetration followed by Netscape Mail Messenger and Lotus Notes at 11 per cent and 10 per cent respectively..

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