Domino 6

By Henry Baltazar  |  Posted 2002-12-09 Print this article Print

Domino 6

Domino 6 expands the functionality of Lotus enterprise messaging platform while adding features that make the server easier to manage and more efficient.

In addition, because Domino is the key component of virtually every Lotus product, the improvements in Version 6 should span far beyond e-mail. That may take a while, however: Some new Lotus applications, including Sametime 3, dont yet support Version 6 of Domino.

Domino 6 has a few features designed to reduce total cost of ownership, including the ability to support multiple languages on the same server, which should be a boon for multinational companies.

Domino 6 can also create network efficiencies. The new built-in network compression in Domino 6 takes client/server and server/server traffic and compresses data automatically with LZ1 compression. Lotus claims IT departments can expect to see a 25 to 50 percent reduction in network traffic using the compression, depending on the type of data sent.

Streaming replication is another feature that should enhance Domino performance. A single streamed remote procedure call is used to read multiple attachments and documents. As a result, replication times are shortened, and users can access data as soon as it is replicated.

Domino shops fighting the good fight against spam will also be pleased to see the inclusion of DNS (Domain Name System) blacklist filtering in Version 6. This feature automatically checks sites such as for lists of known spammers and rejects messages from them.

Domino 6 also includes Mail Message Journaling, which will be a big help to organizations that need to keep track of mail for regulatory purposes. Mail Message Journaling is not enabled by default, but in tests it was not difficult to implement. With this feature enabled, the mail router is able to store mail traffic in a database for later retrieval. For security purposes, Domino 6 allows encryption of files stored on the journaling database.

Dominos ability to run on different hardware and software, including Linux, AIX, Solaris and Windows, gives Domino users a freedom of choice that Microsoft Corp. Exchange shops will never know and will allow IT managers to get more mileage out of their hardware investments.

Domino Mail Server costs $894 per server; Domino Application Server costs $2,308 per server.


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