IBM and Sendmail last week announced a deal under which Sendmail's e-mail software will be included as standard in IBM's eServer computers.
The eServer machines, launched more than a month ago, are targeted at companies in the Internet business market and draw on open source software. IBM's eServer series consists of four groups of servers:
- Low-end xSeries
- Midrange iSeries
- Unix-based pSeries, designed to offer power
- Top-of-the-line zSeries
Three weeks ago, IBM announced a deal to include the TurboLinux open source operating system on the new family of machines.
Sendmail, in Emeryville, Calif., is a 2-year-old company that provides commercial-grade versions of the popular sendmail open source software used on 75% of the world's Internet e-mail servers.
The start-up has attracted more than 1,600 customers, including Coca-Cola, Janus Funds Investment Firm, Comdisco and Citicorp.
The company recently began shipping a new version of its Internet e-mail routing software for large corporations that features improved protection against intrusion, e-mail borne viruses and inappropriate content.