Messaging Architects Acquires Novell NetMail

On January 30, 2007, Messaging Architects announced it will acquire Novell's NetMail. NetMail is a Web-based email and group scheduling system that, among other things, integrates with Novell eDirectory.

The product has had some success in the educational world, and also to some extent in government. Novell's stated reasons for getting out of the NetMail business make sense:

  • The product is a diversion from its main messaging offering, GroupWise.
  • The revenues are small compared with those of Novell, so the product gets insufficient management attention.
  • Selling both NetMail and GroupWise confuses customers.

Messaging Architects will also take over:

  • Leadership of the Hula project, which is an open source project that's based on NetMail.
  • The free public email service, MyRealBox, which is based on NetMail. This has 30,000 to 40,000 active users.

Messaging Architects knows the Novell world well, and should be able to provide a good home for NetMail. The transaction raises new opportunities for Messaging Architects to sell its email hygiene and compliance software to Novell clients. Messaging Architects claims NetMail has some 1,500 customers, representing perhaps 2 million active mailboxes.

... David Ferris

One Comment

  1. Posted April 6, 2007 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

    Messaging Architects will also take over Leadership of the Hula project, which is an open source project that’s based on NetMail. The free public email service, MyRealBox, which is based on NetMail. This has 30,000 to 40,000 active users.

    Ain’t necessarily so. Not all users of MyRealBox are going to be allowed to migrate. I haven’t been.

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