Akonix Launches Transition Program for AOL AIM Enterprise Gateway and Yahoo! Business Messenger Customers

Offers users seamless move to industry's foremost, award-winning IM management solution

San Diego, CA - June 28, 2004 - Akonix Systems, Inc. today announced the Akonix Enterprise Transition program for customers of the recently discontinued America Online AIM Enterprise Gateway (AIMEG) and Yahoo! Business Messenger (YBM) services.

AOL last week announced the end-of-life for its AIMEG software products, leaving existing customers to choose from AIM Certified Application Partners to provide critical security, logging, compliance and policy software. Akonix L7 Enterprise is an AIM Certified application that provides a seamless transition for AIMEG users, providing the enterprise-class security, user management and real-time policy enforcement they require to continue using AIM for business.

Yahoo! recently confirmed the discontinuation of its YBM service as a separate enterprise offering. Going forward, Yahoo! offers enterprise customers local control, security and compliance through its partnership with Akonix, the only Yahoo! Authorized vendor of IM management software for the millions of business users of its Yahoo! Messenger service.

The Akonix Enterprise Transition program is immediately available and is designed to help AIMEG and YBM customers cut through the confusion created by these announcements. After consulting with many affected customers, Akonix has put together this program specifically to meet their concerns, including the following key elements:

  • Immediate, supported free transition license to the award-winning Akonix L7 Enterprise IM management gateway

  • Immediate, supported free transition license to Akonix Enforcer, a critical security component that blocks all unmanaged IM use, ensuring that company policies are enforced for all IM users

  • Transition services from the Akonix field engineering team to plan and implement a new, long-term solution for IM security, compliance and control; including the security components not available in AIMEG or in the transition offer from AOL

  • Special pricing on all Akonix products

  • Immediate access to the preview edition of Akonix's IM application integration and development system, allowing users to take advantage of presence throughout their enterprise and create unique, IM aware applications

L7 Enterprise has demonstrated its technical superiority over competing products by winning prestigious industry awards such as Microsoft's 'Best of TechEd 2004', as the premier messaging solution, and Network World magazine's 'Clear Choice' award, in its comprehensive test of the leading solutions for securing IM.

"Akonix is well positioned to offer a strong IM management solution to enterprise IM users of Yahoo! and AOL," said Genelle Hung, analyst and communication director at the Radicati Group. "IM is a key component of the corporate communications infrastructure and organizations can get a broad security and compliance functionality from the IM gateway approach that Akonix has pioneered."

The Akonix Transition program is available immediately to any AIM Enterprise Gateway or Yahoo! Business Messenger customer. For more information see http://www.akonix.com/transition or contact Akonix at sales@akonix.com.

About Akonix

Akonix provides enterprise-class business solutions for leveraging the power of multi-network enterprise instant messaging. For more information, visit http://www.akonix.com for a free trial or to request more information.