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October 5, 1999

C2C Develops Server Email Compression

By CBR Staff Writer

A UK messaging software firm has developed server-based compression technology for email file attachments to attack the French-speaking markets of its European rival. C2C Ltd’s Active Folders compresses file attachments on client or server software by as much as 50%, something which French firm MK Network, which concentrates only on client-based compression, cannot do.

C2C is gunning for MK Network’s established position in France, Belgium and Luxemburg and plans a push in France through its distributors. C2C’s clients are mainly multinationals which replicate files between international offices and can therefore save on network traffic, claims the company.

Active Folders, which adds server compression to the client technology used in MaX Compression, has several further components including Permission Manager, for makes it possible to change public file ownership in a Windows environment, rather than that of DOS, in which it was more difficult if owners left the company. Policy Manager scans file sizes, types and names for known virus-carriers and inappropriate material. The company also uses Crystal Reports technology licensed from Seagate Software for monitoring and tracking folder usage.

Reading-based C2C’s software will be sold through its chain of 22 distributors mainly in Europe as well as a network of resellers in the US. C2C claims that at 275 pound ($454) for 50 users, its product will significantly undercut MK Network’s ZipMail software.

C2C will also seek to challenge Pennsylvania-based Aspeon Software Inc in the US market. Although C2C’s software is similar in cost and functionality to Aspeon’s CompressMail, the UK firm will look to make the most of its US client list, such as BP Amoco, to win US customers.

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