Lloyds Steel Debates Between Linux & Microsoft

by Amit Tripathi    Jul 26, 2004

The menace of spam has pushed Lloyds Steel Industries to upgrade its mail server, for which the company has initiated a complete evaluation of both Microsoft and Linux based mailing solutions.

Detailing the proposed IT initiative to CXOtoday, Tanveer Ahmed, EDP officer, Lloyds Steel Industries Ltd., said, “Approximately 70 to 80% of our daily mails are spam that lead to considerable downtime. Thus the productive time of an employee is wasted in validating and deleting these mails. We therefore plan to get a comprehensive mailing solution for our enterprise.”

The company is evaluating both MS Exchange as well as different mailing solutions based on Linux for the same. Says Ahmed, “While Linux is cost effective and stable, MS too stands good for us since the top brass of IT department is comfortable with MS Exchange.” Since the enterprise uses Win NT as the local server, chances are that they might go for MS Exchange.

The mailing technology landscape at Lloyds has already gone through several stages over a period of time. Says Ahmed, “Around five year back we went for IBM’s Lotus Router software for mailing. We had then upgraded to Lotus CC mailing solution around two years back. This solution besides all its merits cannot stop the menace of spam.” The company does not use any specific antispam solution as of now. While Internet connectivity is provided by Hathway, the mailing connectivity is provided by Puretec. Informs Ahmed, “We use a software called Popagist to download mails onto our local server (Win NT) which is then distributed to the clients.”

But would any other technology give an assurance to end the menace of spam? Sounding perplexed, Ahmed said, “We are not very sure of the efficiency of any other technology. We just hope that any new technology would bring with it new specifications to counter spam.”

The business processes of the company were automated on SAP almost five years ago. Today the ERP is rolled out to all the five branches, three factories, and the head office, using 128 kbps and VSAT leased lines connectivity.