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Kerio's cross-platform email and collaboration server has been renamed Kerio Connect. The new version supports multiple servers within a domain.

Kerio Connect 7 - the new name for Kerio MailServer - makes it easy to set up servers in multiple locations while keeping the advantages of a single domain.

David Colville, technical director of Kerio partner Key Options Technology, gave the example of one of his customers with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra wanted separate servers at each site so that intra-office communications didn't have to travel over external links.

The new distributed domain model means that can be achieved while retaining the organisation-wide accessibility of user and resource availability, a global address list, and easy migration of users when they move between locations.

One of the servers would be nominated as the gateway to the outside world.

Since Connect 7 is licensed by the number of users (starting at $US450 for five users and then additional users from $US24) rather than by the number of servers, the software costs for a distributed system are no higher than for a single server.

Connect 7 also supports CardDAV - see page 2.

Colville has been successfully running the beta version of Connect 7 in parallel with MailServer 6 at a small number of customer sites. He said the migration to the new software only takes "a couple of hours".

He welcomed the way web administration tool addresses all of the product's functions - "something that's been missing" in previous versions.

Colville also noted Connect 7's improved performance as well as its support for the open source CardDAV standard for address book synchronisation. Most of Key Options Technology's customers are Mac sites, and CardDAV is also supported in Mac OS X 10.6.

"CardDAV is for address books what CalDAV is for calendars - a straightforward way to sync up contacts among various applications, servers, laptops and phones that you use for work or fun, said Dusan Vitek, vice president of worldwide marketing at Kerio.

Connect 7 is available for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux, or as a VMware or Parallels virtual appliance.


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