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Messaging Architects Announces Purchase of NetMail and Transfer of Hula Project Leadership from Novell

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Posted: 30 Jan 2007

Montreal, QC - Jan 30, 2007 - Messaging Architects today announced a definitive agreement to acquire NetMail and take over leadership of the open source Hula Project from Novell. Messaging Architects has been a Novell ISV partner since 1999. The privately held company specializes in the development of Email Security and Compliance Applications that integrate with Novell?s GroupWise and eDirectory products.

As an active participant in the Hula Project, which was originally launched with NetMail code contributed by Novell, Messaging Architects has focused on the high scalability of the Hula/NetMail messaging engine to develop M+Guardian, its next-generation Secure Email Gateway. Announced and shipping as of last week, it is the first product to derive from the Hula codebase and is an example of the direction Messaging Architects will take NetMail moving forward.

Today's agreement was the result of Novell's search for a trusted partner who could lead the Hula Project forward and provide strong support for NetMail customers today and into the future. With M+Guardian, Messaging Architects demonstrated that it was the perfect candidate to lead the future development of the Hula Project and NetMail for the benefit of the open source community and NetMail customers.

"Messaging Architects recognized the unique power of the Hula code base from the very start of the project and we invested heavily into the development of M+. The Hula-based SMTP server offers the best speed, scalability and cross platform capabilities we have seen," said Pierre Chamberland, CEO of Messaging Architects, "Today we believe that M+Guardian is simply the fastest email scanner on the market - this is a tribute to Novell's strong engineering talent. Our plan is to use this performance to drive innovative edge services such as content filtering, encryption, compliance, and search, all from within a simple to manage, directory driven platform. Key components of these efforts will be contributed to both future versions of NetMail and the Hula Project as we move forward."

"We are entrusting the future of NetMail to Messaging Architects because of their longstanding dedication to Novell customers and their plans for the Hula Project," said Kent Erickson, Vice President and General Manager, Workgroup Solutions for Novell. "We are confident that Messaging Architects has the engineering talent and service ethic to deliver the innovations and support NetMail customers need to help drive their business forward."

Under the terms of the Agreement, Messaging Architects will become the copyright holder of the Hula Project and will also own all of the related trademarks and intellectual property for NetMail and the free mail server. Messaging Architects will release a new version of NetMail in September 2007. This new version will incorporate all of the innovative features that were added as part of the M+Guardian product. This includes industry firsts such as application level clustering, eDirectory-based fail-over, and load balancing that leverages the advanced kernel performance of SUSELinux.

For more information, migration details and support, NetMail customers can visit Messaging Architects web site at or contact the company at +1-514-392-9220 ext 220.

About Messaging Architects

Messaging Architects specializes in Risk Management software and services for Enterprise Email. Our cross-platform applications help our clients better address the issues of compliance, security, storage and uptime that might affect their email and collaboration systems. By pro-actively assessing and mitigating against these risks, thousands of our enterprise clients enjoy the benefits of enhanced productivity and lower operating costs. Compatible with Novell GroupWise, Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, our products are installed and supported via a worldwide channel of over 100 Certified System Integrators and IT Consultants, including Novell. For more information, visit our website at

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