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Karim Parto is the new CCO of Halon

Meet our brand new Halon Chief Commercial Officer! We could not have wished for a better Christmas present than Karim Parto. Starting now, he will be in charge of sales and probably be the face you meet at all the upcoming industry events.

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This year, wish lists will be sent to Santa via email

Ever got an email from Santa Claus? Me neither, but in this day and age I’m assuming it’s just a matter of time. And when I do, I want to see his face in the ”From”-field. Yes, I said face, not name.

When writing an email in Gmail, my quickly typed 😉 easily transforms into a graphic smiley. Reinforcing my attempt to create a feeling with the reader. If I’m typing on my smartphone I might also include some other emojis like the ❤️. And then I send it to, for example, [email protected]. Until now, when I actually can send it to, or from, 🎅@northpole.com.

The character encoding known as UTF-8 makes it possible to include emojis in email addresses, and all possible characters, such as for example the Swedish å, ä, ö. The latter is certainly more useful than the first, but to any marketer (or jokester) it will most definitely be a fun detail to include when sending someone an email. In the upcoming Halon 4.0 we will include support for SMTPUTF-8 (RFC6531). But what about…

Typing?
Typing an emoji on your smartphone is obviously easy but what if you are on desktop? A Mac-user will press ctrl+cmd+space, but a simple Chrome plugin or even copy/paste from an emoji library website will also do!

Conversion to letters?
Regular email addresses are almost always converted to lower case, to make filtering and routing work. For Halon 4.0 we will convert UTF-8 to upper- and lowercase alternatives. Because there is no guarantee that a next-hop SMTP server will support the SMTPUTF8 extension, use of the SMTPUTF8 extension always carries a risk of transmission failure.

Halon 4.0 will be keeping the team busy during the holidays, until the release, sign up for the newsletter (in the website footer) and make sure you don’t miss the release or any interesting articles on the world of email. And from all of us, to all of you, merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

DuoCircle reduced time to manage the network by 90%

DuoCircle is an entity that was established for the migration of Dyn’s legacy email receiving products customers to a more powerful and feature rich email handling platform. They were challenged with migrating Dyn’s legacy email infrastructure to provide simpler and easy to use configuration files, reducing hardware hosting costs and ensuring better customer satisfaction.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, DuoCircle provides over 17,000 customers located globally with a next generation software platform with a robust account management and service management interface for high level of control over settings, customer care and a scalable architecture designed for high level messaging and spam filtering.

Read the full DuoCircle customer case here.

How One.com reduced email costs by up to 70%

Anders Saaby, CTO, One.com explains, “Due to One.com’s high growth rate, we needed to upgrade our existing email delivery and security infrastructure to a newer solution that scaled better in terms of performance and maintenance.

One.com typically develop their own software and systems as this enables them to offer truly differentiated services with many unique features, at very competitive prices. This usually rules out many commercial products, as they cannot properly support and integrate into One.com’s sophisticated and highly customized platforms.

“We researched and evaluated many email security and delivery platforms against our requirements,” Saaby continued. “We finally settled on Halon email platform based on price, performance, ease of use, flexibility, multitenancy support with security and its ability to scale on demand.”

Halon’s highly integrated and comprehensive platform now comprises One.com’s entire email delivery infrastructure; except for email storage and web mail.

It’s a flexible and scriptable email engine, designed to be run as part of a fault tolerant and linearly scalable cluster that integrates with surrounding modules and infrastructure. This highly differentiated platform enables demanding organizations like hosting providers and MSPs to implement ideal solutions for their specific needs.

On the inbound side, clusters of Halon nodes have replaced several layers of components including IP reputation, recipient verification integration, anti-spam and antivirus, policies, aliases and external forwards with SRS, auto replies, backup/replay and routing to the email storage servers over LMTP. All integration uses a REST API endpoint that One.com wrote. The outbound cluster integrates with the same API for SASL authorization, relay permissions and rate metrics, and ensures excellent deliverability.

Read the full One.com case study here.

Let’s start selling software like it’s 2016

Software is developed at a rapid pace. But development in how we sell software seems to be at a standstill since the 1980’s. Why is it that all the power of innovation went towards the product development instead of putting some effort in to developing the business model as well? Read more.