November 25, 1996 10 AM ET

SoftSwitch's 'Dragonfly' to land on Internet E-mail
By Paula Rooney

  Lotus Development Corp.'s SoftSwitch division is developing next-generation SMTP messaging products that promise to improve routing of the growing flow of Internet and intranet E-mail.

The centerpiece of the product series, code-named Dragonfly, is a highly scalable SMTP/MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) switch, due for release next year, said officials of the Wayne, Pa., division.

The switch will offer additional functions not currently available when sending E-mail over SMTP, such as designating message class or priority. It will run on Windows NT, AIX and OS/390, said Steve Layne, vice president and general manager of SoftSwitch.

The division also is developing next-generation messaging management and directory synchronization products for SMTP, officials added.

The revised strategy is a formal recognition by Lotus that SMTP and LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) will supplant X.400 and X.500 as standard messaging and directory protocols, respectively.

SoftSwitch's directory synchronization product, tentatively called Directory Publisher, can integrate information from the directories of many E-mail systems.

Due early next year, Directory Publisher comprises a series of LDAP-compliant Windows NT servers.

In addition, SoftSwitch is beta testing the Lotus Messaging Switch for AIX, which integrates and routes E-mail between messaging systems. It is slated to ship in the first half of 1997, officials said.

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