IceWarp Announces Availability of Popular Merak E-mail Server Suite

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Powerful, scalable e-mail suite is capable of supporting up to 30,000 users on one server and features integrated antivirus, antispam, groupware, and instant messaging

LIMASSOL, CYPRUS, May 24, 2005 -- IceWarp Software Ltd., makers of the popular and globally deployed Merak E-mail Server Suite, today announced the latest version of its award-winning communications solutions. Available now, Merak Version 8.0 is one of the industry’s most powerful and highly regarded communications solutions for enterprise, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The Merak Email Server Suite is an “e-mail anywhere” solution that delivers a reliable, versatile, scalable, and affordable messaging solution used by more than 30 million users worldwide. Version 8 offers new, enhanced features that further improve the day-to-day experience for administrators and users including an all-new GUI, which offers an even friendlier, visually-rich productive and organized workspace. Merak provides desktop, Web mail, and remote access for almost every onsite and telecommuting application. Version 8 also increases productivity, featuring integrated spam and virus protection, instant messaging, shared address book and calendar groupware, administrative wizards, monitoring and statistics, enhanced folder management and toolbar customization.

Merak was designed for the secure, high performance in enterprise business and multi-location deployments. E-mail and IM can run in secured mode, using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), which is a critical feature for protecting intellectual assets and user data in business, enterprise and ISP applications. Merak creates backups of all communication, including IM, to help companies keep companies moving along at today’s e-business pace. Merak is also the first e-mail server to include built-in, secure FTP and Web server capabilities to share files and even host Web sites for Internet and Intranet.

“Merak has been on the market for over six years and has gained the resounding support of savvy users and IT professionals worldwide,” said Ladislav Goc CEO of IceWarp Software. “With our eighth and most robust version of Merak to date, we commemorated the event by amplifying its visibility to help escalate it as a more effective alternative to the other, less-featured e-mail servers available today. It is simple enough for small businesses and powerful enough for to scale with ISPs and enterprises, providing all the features, security, and peace of mind possible in one affordable package.”

Merak version 8 also ships with an automated server migration tool, which enables administrators to seamlessly migrate their current server to Merak, quickly and easily with almost zero downtime. In 30 days, IceWarp will also announce a specialized migration tool specifically designed for users of Microsoft Exchange.

Merak offers unparalleled stability and extremely low maintenance. It is packaged in three specialized configurations for small businesses, medium to large enterprises and ISPs looking to provide email solutions to employees and customers. Merak offers a unique, flexible and affordable licensing system that can be customized based on only the components required by customers. Merak Professional supports an unlimited number of domains and users, ranging from $860 for the stand-alone server and $5,700 for a complete package which includes e-mail, IM, antivirus, antispam, FTP, web server, 500 user GroupWare and Migration Tool. Professional is tailored to corporations with multiple locations, enterprise business, software and application developers, financial institutions, local and federal governments, military, and other high volume installations.

Merak Professional is also the ideal solution for ISP deployment. Merak is fully customizable and open to administrative and third part development for branded and industry-specific deployment. One of Merak’s greatest advantages is its ability to be deployed in load balanced installations consisting of multiple servers.

Merak Standard supports multi-domains up to 3,000 users and ranges from $380 to $4,250. Standard is ideal for medium sized businesses, K12 & Higher education schools, non-profit organizations and boutique ISPs.

Merak Lite supports up to 50 users and ranges from $210 to $975. Lite is a single domain system and is designed for small office/home office and small business environments.

Merak version 8 is a sophisticated and comprehensive software suite and its complete feature-set is further outlined in an additional document entitled, “What is New – Version 8.” It is available in PDF and can either be emailed directly or downloaded from

Availability and Support

Merak Email Server runs on Windows 2003/2000/NT/9x and supports SMTP/POP3/IMAP4/FTP & HTTP Internet protocols. Merak sales and support partners are located in more than 20 countries. For more information or to find a local dealer, please visit

Customers in North America can purchase Merak via IceWarp’s exclusive distributor in the U.S., MMSINC Sales and technical support can be contacted at 703-971-9400 or via the Web at

About IceWarp

IceWarp, Ltd. was started in 1999 with the development of Merak version 1. Merak’s exceptional product stability, performance and reliability quickly escalated its global adoption rate with ISPs and businesses. Over the years, IceWarp has maintained a technology leadership position by continuing to advance Merak through many industry-firsts, including:

  • First mail server supporting SSL
  • First mail server with Web mail
  • First integrated multi-threaded antivirus
  • First integrated anti-spam
  • First GroupWare with API (ODBC based)
  • And now, the first server with integrated FTP and Web server capabilities.

IceWarp Ltd. is located at City House, 6 Karaiskakis street, CY-3040 Limassol, Cyprus

What is Merak (astronomic term)

MERAK is the name of one of the stars which form the Ursa Major constellation, also known as the Greater Bear. Merak is Arabic which means "the flank of the Greater Bear."