[hcs-d] Webmail

Keito Uchiyama keito at hcs.harvard.edu
Thu Oct 30 12:54:19 EDT 2008

That's unfortunate even MIT is moving to a hosted system.

The question, then, is whether the system the College is using is  
actually going to be reliable. The company FAS-IT seems to have gone  
for is Mail2World (http://www.mail2world.com/). Their website makes  
some exciting claims (ooh, I can haz IMAP support for $20 a month?!),  
but has anybody heard of them before?

After all, this is the company whose Wikipedia article ("Mail2world")  
was deleted on the spot last November for being non-notable  
advertising (the article itself was created by user "M2W", which, to  
any Wikipedian, screams "self promotion!"). Sadly, the same account  
recreated the article under a different name ("Mail2World") less than  
a month later, and the article hasn't had any actual content edits by  
anybody else since the original edit that created it.

I'm not saying Wikipedia should be an indicator of anything; but  
frankly, I can't really entrust my own e-mail to an 8-year old  
Internet company that hasn't managed to become notable enough for  
anybody other than what appears to be its agents to edit its Wikipedia  
article, let alone the mail for an entire college.

What do others think?

Keito U.

On Oct 30, 2008, at 09:26, Quentin Smith wrote:

> On Thu, 30 Oct 2008, Joshua Kroll wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 8:54 AM, Quentin Smith <quentin at mit.edu>  
>> wrote:
>>> On Thu, 30 Oct 2008, Bruno Afonso wrote:
>>>> - harvard would never be able to give to their students 5gig emails
>>>> anytime in the near future. outsourcing would be the only way.
>>> MIT does their own mail hosting. Our quotas are currently 1GB by  
>>> default and
>>> 2GB for the asking; it's totally plausible to have 5GB quotas on  
>>> self-hosted
>>> mail.
>> I agree with Quentin. Let us do a small calculation:
>> There are, I think, about 10,000 FAS users (does anyone know?). If
>> they each had a 5GB quota, we would need about 50 TB of storage plus
>> maybe the same amount for backup/mirroring. If we assume Harvard is
>> smart enough to figure out how to buy this equipment for $0.50/GB  
>> (HCS
>> just bought 24 TB at $0.56/GB), they would only need to spend about
>> $50,000 on equipment. Now, they would have to spend money on staff
>> time to install/configure/maintain this equipment, but I'll bet you  
>> it
>> would even have been CHEAPER than the outsourcing.
>> Please quibble with my figures if you think they're off.
> I think you're making the big assumption that each user is actually  
> going to use their full quota. It's more likely than with generic  
> file storage, maybe, but I still doubt most users are going to fill  
> their quota. You can probably knock 50% or more off the  
> requirements. (Though, honestly, $50k vs. $25k is probably about the  
> same for an organization the size of Harvard)
> Also, note that MIT has at least 20,000 accounts, all with >1GB mail  
> service.
> Unfortunately, MIT is also currently looking into moving into some  
> kind of hosted system. They seem to have already dismissed most of  
> the big names, and they're currently running a pilot of... Exchange.
> --Quentin
>> Josh
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Keito Uchiyama
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