e-mail appliance

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e-mail appliance

(1) A stand-alone mail server that plugs into the network to provide e-mail for an organization. Typically rack-mounted hardware, the device includes software that provides the message store and transfer agent (see mail server and messaging system). Users access their mail with a client program in their computers or via a Web browser. See server appliance and e-mail interfaces.

(2) A device specialized for accessing e-mail that was introduced around the turn of the century. Today's e-mail appliances are typically smartphones. See Internet appliance and Internet server appliance.


E-Mail Appliance
One of the first e-mail appliances, this seven-ounce, pocket-sized Postbox Express had a built-in analog modem that plugged into a standard telephone jack. (Image courtesy of VTech Holdings Ltd., www.vtech.com)
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At a time when so many companies are farming out their messaging into unknown and unproven cloud servers, Mirapoint, the secure messaging experts, today announced the release of Message Server 7700, an all-in-one mail server appliance that meets and exceeds the messaging needs of medium to large enterprises and service providers.