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Akeni Enterprise Instant Messaging Server

Akeni Enterprise Messenger is an enterprise instant messaging system that offers strong encryption, along with Active Directory / LDAP integration. It also provides corporate messaging policy management through the use of shared public groups and role based user access rights. All messages can be logged into flat files and databases to allow for searching and auditing.

You can download a trial version of the software here.

The system works with your existing Active Directory / LDAP so that the administrator do not have to create user accounts manually. The users can then use the same name and password as their AD / LDAP accounts. The system can also read the users's personal information such such their telephone number and email address from the AD / LDAP.

Shared public folders allows the administrator to easily manage user accounts from one central location. By adding/removing users from the shared public folder the administrator can change everyone's contact list in one single operation.

The role based access right system allows the administrator to control whether users are allowed to send files, initiate chats and conferences, and to "lock down" users' contact lists so that the lists can not be modified.

By locking down accounts and managing the users' contact list through members-only shared groups it is possible to control whom the users are allowed to talk, thus setting up "walls" between users so that one group can not talk to another group.

All messages are optionally archived on the server into both flat files and databases. The databases can then be accessed using SQL. The archived messages can also be viewed using Akeni Enterprise Audit Tool. The Messages can be archived to two databases running on different servers for redundancy and fault tolerance.

An optional Web Client module allows the system to be used via a browser. This web based system will also allow you to host your own live help system to provide support to your customers online.

The Enterprise edition can be used on a private network without connecting to the Internet. It can easily be setup for use inside and outside the company firewall, and also works across corporate VPN.

Features List

  • No Network Setup: The system uses IP multicasting so that the client can find the server automatically. This means that one can move the server to a different machine without having to reconfigure the clients.
  • VPN Friendly: Optionally, the system can use a manually entered IP address instead of multicasting. This allows the Akeni Enterprise Messenger to be used across most VPNs very easily.
  • Firewall Friendly: All communication, including file transfers, is done through the server, so it works every time, even across personal firewalls.
  • Encryption: All communication, including file transfer, is done through an 128-bit encrypted channel to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of the data.
  • Authentication: Access to the system are done using a zero-knowledge protocol that authentificates both the server and the client.
  • No Internet Connection Required: Unlike public IM systems, the program only requires a LAN (Local Area Network) to function. You can continue communicating with your co-worker even if your company's Internet connection is interrupted. Access to the system by external users is still possible through corporate VPN, or by configuring the server firewall to accept external connections.
  • Increased Productivity: By design, the system does not allow users to talk to people outside of the system. This will decrease the amount of time people spend talking to outsiders on non-work related issues using public IM systems.
  • Feature Rich: Real-time chat, private text conferencing sessions, online presence management, file transfer, emergency alerts/notifications, message logs, powerful rich-text editor, typing indicator.
  • Familiar User Interface: If you are familiar with public IM systems like AOL Instant Messenger or MSN Messenger, then you will be using our products like a pro in no time.
  • Contact List Query: Users can query for people to add to their contact list by searching for their real names.
  • Customization: Almost all aspect of the program can be changed and tailor to suit your work habits. For example, all the toolbars are fully customizable to maximize your productivity.
  • Customizable Exit Message: Create your own informative away and exit (offline) status messages.
  • Tabbed Window: For users that have many simultaneous conversations and don't want dozens of chat windows open. Akeni provides an option to place all the chat and conference sessions into one tabbed window.

Advanced Features

  • Message Auditing: All messages can be logged by the server for auditing purposes.
  • Shared Public Group/Folder: Manage user contact lists easily by adding/removing users from shared public groups.
  • Public Forums: This is a public chat room where people can join and leave at any time and have discussion with one another. The content of the forum is permanent and will be displayed whenever one joins the forum. The Administrator can also create "members only" forums.
  • User Trust Level: The administrator can create "untrusted" accounts that can be contacted but can not contact another untrusted user. For example, this can be used to setup student accounts so that teachers can talk to students and students to teachers, but students can not chat with each other.
  • Locked Down Accounts An account can be locked down so that users can not change their contact list. The contact list can only be modified by the administrator. This allows the administrator to control who the users are allowed to contact.
  • User Creation Templates: The administrator can create new user by using an existing user as a template to setup the correct contacts/groups and access level for the new user.
  • Simple Yet Powerful File Transfer: The simplest way to transfer files between two computers (even between Linux and Windows). Simply select the person you want to send the file to and choose "Send File". No need to setup FTP servers, figuring out ports, etc. The program supports the sending of arbitrary large files, resume of interrupted transfers, automatic transfer of multiple files, etc.
  • Disable File Transfer: The administrator can disable file transfer globally for the system or on a per user basis.
  • Extensive Drag & Drop Support: Most operations are available via drag and drop. Drag a file from your desktop and drop it on top of the recipient's name to start a file transfer. Drag the names of co-workers and drop them in a conference window to invite them to a conference, etc.
  • Cross Platform: Both the server and the client software are available for Microsoft Windows and Linux. All version of the software inter-operates seamlessly, making the Pro Edition a good solution for heterogeneous computer environments.
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