E-mail Hosting

Mercury E-mail is built in house from the very best available open source tools - to offer you the best e-mail hosting experience at the lowest cost.

About 34SP.com E-mail

Mercury E-mail

At 34SP.com we take e-mail seriously. Our e-mail platform, called Mercury E-mail, is built in house from the very best available open source tools - to offer you the best e-mail hosting experience at the lowest cost. Our platform utilises a completely redundant configuration with full N+1 redundancy. The system is also designed with scalability in mind, allowing for continual extension of back end servers, not to mention exabytes of mail storage. All e-mail accounts hosted on this platform come with a full suite of features.

  • Secure POP & IMAP
  • Caldav Calendar
  • Sieve Filters
  • Robust Anti Virus Software
  • Webmail Access
  • Reliable Spam Filtering

E-mail Hosting Built From the Ground Up

Mail storage

Storage itself is handled via the ZFS file system allowing for the ability build out additional storage as and when demand requires. Additional storage can be added live without the need to suspend overall system services.

Every disk on the storage system is mirrored in the event of disk failure. This 'JBOD' approach to storage managed via two separate head nodes, deployed in an automated failover configuration in the event should a single controller fail.


Load balancing

All areas of the e-mail platform are load balanced by the robust Haproxy system. Haproxy works twofold:

  1. To evenly balance the real time load across across available servers.
  2. To automatically detect and disable access to backend servers in the event one should fail.

We load balance every aspect of our setup, from the servers that process inbound mail connections through to caldav services and the Galera databases that store user account settings.

34SP.com Mail Network Diagram

Software

We are keen supporters of open source at 34SP.com and use the best tools to deliver a world class e-mail experience. These include:


Postfix

Used to power incoming mail server connects. Postfix accepts e-mail from the outside world.

Amavisd

One of a trio of anti spam tools. Amavisd runs simple tests against all inbound e-mail, triggering further checks to Clamav (antivirus, see below).

SpamAssassin

More checks are performed by this industry leading spam prevention software. SpamAssassin allows each user on the e-mail platform to personally 'train' the spam systems sensitive there own mailboxes (bayesian filtering) and have user selectable sensitivity to spam.

Policyd 2 (cluebringer)

The final tool in our anti spam toolkit is the brains behind greylisting, a method of challenging mail servers before blanket accepting inbound e-mail. More info on greylisting can be found here.

Clamav

ClamAV is an open source antivirus engine designed for detecting trojans, viruses, malware and other malicious threats. It is the de facto standard for mail gateway scanning.

Roundcube

This software is used to power our webmail client for a fast and responsive browser based e-mail experience. Roundcube is recognised as a thoroughly user friendly webmail client with a has a modern design. The system has user controllable themes, allowing for improved experiences via smartphones and tablets.

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