Continuation of MHS co-ordination services provided by SWITCH under the COSINE project - on behalf of DANTE
1993 - 1998
- To support mail routing between X.400 networks and to provide seamless interconnection with RFC-822 based networks.
- To provide MHS managers with necessary technical information to support international co-operation.
- To trace and co-ordinate the solution of international problems.
- Assist new networks joining the MHS community.
- Liaise between the MHS community and external network organisations.
||The MailFLOW service offered:
- Collecting and distributing information to enable participating networks to exchange X.400 messages.
- Collecting and distributing information to enable gateways between X.400 and RFC 822 communities.
- Verifying the correctness of routing and mapping information.
- Analysing traffic statistics provided by participating networks.
- A helpdesk to trace and help solving international problems.
- An information server containing technical data to support MHS managers such as mapping and routing documents, operational procedures, reports and tools.
- Technical support for networks that joined the coordination service.
- Organising meetings for X.400 managers.
- Running a mailing list for MHS managers.
- Early 1993: SWITCH contracted by RARE (Operational Unit) to offer MHS co-ordination as an operational service.
- 1994: service ran smoothly but the relevance of X.400 diminished in favour of SMTP and MIME.
- 1995: a number of NRENs stopped using X.400.
- 1996: MailFLOW service reduced to a core service, consisting of the provision of mapping tables, routing information and a helpdesk.
- 1997-1998: service further slimmed down, with only seven customers remaining.
- April 1998: DANTE took on provision of MailFLOW service in-house to the four remaining customers.