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Re: and other impatient Postfix mailers everywhere (fwd)

  • From: Chris Adams
  • Date: Thu Aug 02 18:25:25 2001

Once upon a time, Gary E. Miller <[email protected]> said:
> On Thu, 2 Aug 2001, Chris Adams wrote:
> > ..., I would have figured they could afford to pay 5� per mailbox per
> > year (and MAPS might have even worked out a better rate than that for
> > the big guys).
> Per year, for $1,000 users, cheapest option, standard pricing
>  RBL+  $1,250
>  DUL     $500
>  RSS     $700
>        $2,450
> or $2.40/per mailbox per year.  Sorry my budget does not go there...

RBL+ already _includes_ DUL and RSS - that is how it differs from plain
RBL.  So, you only need the RBL+ (you've just about doubled your cost
for no reason).  Also, I was talking about zone transfer mode.  If you
only loaded the zone on a nameserver running on the same system as your
mail server, for 1000 users your cost would be $1.30 per mailbox per
year, or a little over 10� per mailbox per month.

For big mail servers (like Yahoo), the $1250 per nameserver fee isn't
all that much and is a fixed cost (they don't need to add nameservers as
they add mailboxes), and the mailboxes fee is $50 per 1000 users, or 5�
per user per year.

For our 30,000 users and 2 nameservers, the annual fee is $4000, or just
over 13� per user.  For someone with 250,000 users and 5 nameservers
(just to pick some numbers), the per user fee would be down to 7.5� per

I'm not trying to justify MAPS price for every site out there.  I was
merely pointing out that if the "big guys" (some of which appear to have
been just taking a free ride) had helped MAPS out before, we might not
have reached this point.
Chris Adams <[email protected]>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.