and Email Archiving
November 3rd 2005
The necessity for better email management and
email archiving grows everyday. Email (electronic mail) changes and
evolves with technology. In order to understand the email management
technology that will be best for you or for your business letís take
a step back and look at the origins of email itself.
Where Did Email Come From?
Believe it or not, email actually existed before the Internet did.
The use of email began as early as 1965 when users of mainframe
computers (huge computers that are used to store massive amount of
data such as census reports, etc.) would share time on one computer
because it was impossible to buy lots of little personal computers
as there were none. These mainframe computer users would leave
electronic messages on the computer for other users who would be
using the same computer at another time. In a way, it was like
simply leaving a note on an office desk for a co-worker, but the
message was electronic and thus did represent an early form of
The ARPANET Contributes to Email and Email
The ARPANET computer network was the intellectual predecessor to the
Internet. The ARPANET was also the first network that allowed data
to be transferred in packets (referred to as packet switching).
Transferring data in packets allowed more information and
communication to go through one physical line instead of many lines
which either carried communication from one node to another or were
dormant as was often the case when circuit switching was the main
method of data transport. The ARPANET greatly increased the
popularity of using email as a means of communication. The ARPANET
probably also led to folders and other email management tools, which
were helpful in the organization and location of specific emails.
What About the @ Sign?
The development and the evolution of the ARPANET also led to new
developments in electronic mail. Ray Tomlinson was one of the
privileged few who had access to the ARPANET and was the first to
use the @ sign to separate the name of the user from the name of
his/her computer. Through the developments of the ARPANET and Ray
Tomlinsonís contributions, email rapidly became more popular amongst
computer literates. Email soon became the killer application of the
Additional Email Management Solutions
As more and more people began to be aware of the ARPANET, they began
to be aware of the benefits of rapid electronic communication.
Because of the demand, other protocols were developed for other
groups with time-sharing computers. These protocols allowed many
groups to send electronic messages to each other. They then started
sending messages to other computers which required the name of the
senderís computer and the name of the receiverís computer instead of
just one sender name and one computer name.
Networked Email and Increased Email Management
With the development of local area networks (LANs) and wide area
networks (WANs), email was able to be transferred electronically
from one node to another or from one computer to many others. The
process today uses mail user agents and mail transfer agents to send
emails almost anywhere in the world.
Email Management Tools
Email management solutions are in demand today. Users want email
management tools to do the following:
1) Store copies of in-bound, out-bound, and internal e-mails.
2) Provide spam, failover, anti-virus, data storage, and compliance
3) Avoid negative affects on email management users and email
4) Make installation easy with e-mail archiving, spam filter,
5) Provide 2TB of RAID 5 storage.
For more information in regards to
email management, email management tools or email management software please
feel free to contact Wala Systems.
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