Monthly Archives: September 2007

MxToolBox Announces the FlexBox Email Platform

FlexBox Email Platform

Exciting things are happening here at MxToolBox. Monday marked the official launch of the MxToolBox FlexBox Email Platform, a one-of-a-kind email services suite built on Patent Pending Technology and designed specifically for the small to medium business market. FlexBox is an integrated collection of email services from email perimeter security for companies that manage an email server in to fully managed email and collaboration for companies that do not want to manage an email server. But that’s just the beginning…

So, what Makes FlexBox “one-of-a-kind”?

Great question. Let me begin by saying that we’re just as skeptical as you are when people throw around words like one-of-a-kind, revoluionary, groundbreaking, etc. You really have to be. When we say that FlexBox is one-of-a-kind, we can prove it. Read about it on our website and test it to see for yourself.

FlexBox’s Technology allows a single email address to exist in two places. Aside from being really cool, this capability is particularly unique and useful in two different scenarios: Email Continuity and Testing/Migrating to a Managed Email Service.

Email Continuity

FlexBox Emergency Mail is a email continuity (aka disaster recovery) mail box that runs in parallel with an existing mailbox on a self managed server. Emergency Mail is always on, always ready and always synchronized with the primary mailbox. It is the first email continuity service with Zero Switchover Time, Zero IT Intervention to Activate, Zero Switchback time, and a rolling 30 day history of received email. That means that if you have FlexBox Emergency and your server goes down, your users can immediately begin using the Emergency Email system without skipping a beat. They can send and receive email without any interruption, which leaves you free to fix the problem. Once your server is back up, the Emergency Mail boxes automatically synchronizes with the mailbox on your server, meaning you don’t have to migrate any data.

Emergency Mail gives small to medium businesses the same kind of protection from email outages (planned and unplanned) that large enterprises have…but at a fraction of the cost. It is available on a per user basis, so you don’t have to overspend for users that don’t need the protection.

Migrating to Hosted Email

Any IT Manager/Consultant/Administrator that has ever considered moving from a self-managed server to a Managed Email Service knows that the migration process is enough to stop the idea dead in its tracks. Consider this—with traditional hosted email (i.e. Non-FlexBox hosted email), in order to simply test a hosted email solution in a day-to-day production environment, every single user must be moved off of the mail server and onto the Managed Platform, all at once. Just to test it! There goes the weekend. After migration, the help desk phone begins to ring, and ring, and ring. “How do I use this new system?” “Why didn’t all of my contacts move over?” The list goes on and on. Forget about having any fun for the next couple of weeks. Then, if the managed solution just doesn’t deliver, every user has to be moved back to the old system (another weekend), data from each system has to be reconciled (good luck) and all those folks in the Executive Suite are going to be asking for answers. Not fun.

FlexBox completely changes the rules of email migration. Because FlexBox technology allows a single address to exist in two places, IT Managers (you), can now have a user’s mailbox on your server and you can have that same user’s mailbox on a FlexBox Managed Mail server. You can have one user, some of your users or all of your users on both systems.

This means you can try Managed Email without migrating every user. FlexBox Managed Mail is the only Managed Email service that let’s administrators keep some users on their in-house server and put other users on a Managed Server. It is also the only Hosted Email solution with Self Paced Migration. No more 72 hour weekends. No more two week help desk flood. No more damaged reputation. Just the exact email system that you need.

FlexBox Services

Junk Mail is a spam and virus filtering service for email servers. Junk Mail has inbound and outbound mail filtering with free spooling, it includes Lock Down and the ability to use our Protected Outbound Relay (Smarthost).

Emergency Mailis an always on, always up to date backup email box. The mailbox has a rolling 30-day email history and is always ready. There is zero switchover time, zero IT Intervention and zero switch back time. Emergency Mail is provisioned on a per user basis. This feature also includes spam and virus filtering, Lock Down and our Protect Outbound Relay (Smarthost)

Managed Mail is a fully hosted email service with high-end security and enterprise grade redundancy. Managed Mail is provisioned on a per user basis. This feature also includes spam and virus filtering and SMTP Outbound access.

Managed Mail Pro is a email and collaboration solution with shared synchronized contacts and calendars. Managed Mail Pro also offers shared wikis and many other web 2.0 productivity features. Managed Mail Pro is provisioned on a per user basis. This feature also includes spam and virus filtering and SMTP Outbound access.

Mobile device Synchronization and Email Archiving are also available.  All services are available immediately to organizations throughout North America. And, if you are an IT Consultant or Solutions Provider, we are happy to announce that we have a FlexBox Email Services Partner Program.

Starloop Blacklist

We have disabled lookups to the STARLOOP Blacklist. Our lookup tool is not checking Starloop as of 9 AM CST 9/10/07.Starloop began listing all IP Addresses sometime late Sunday evening. These listings are false positives. The Starloop website is down and the blacklist is now timing out. If you experience bounce backs as a result of a recipient system using Starloop, your best course of action is to contact the recipient email team and inform them that Starloop is not a current, working RBL.

We will monitor the sitatution and post any updates here.