The email platform for hosting providers

Halon is a full-stack email delivery platform that is open and scriptable, targeted specifically at large-scale email infrastructures.

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Bare metal
video, serial
Virtualization
VMware, Hyper-V, universal
Cloud providers
GCE, Azure, Rackspace
Version
Halon 3.2-r10 release notes
Kernel
FreeBSD 10.0

Halon is an email software distribution providing a full stack, scriptable approach to functionality such as email delivery (SMTP/LMTP), routing, security (anti-spam, signing, etc), automation and integration.

You could think of it as a flexible and scriptable email engine, designed to be run as of a fault tolerant and linearly scalable cluster that integrates with surrounding modules and infrastructure. This highly differentiated platform enables demanding organizations like hosting providers and MSPs to implement ideal solutions for their specific needs.

It is rare that I recommend a commercial product at all, but this deserves it. It is very robust and easy to follow the flow of emails.

Peter Magnusson, Crystone
In- and outbound anti-spam and routing for Atomia-based web hosting.
Anti-spam and routing using RESTful control panel integration for shared hosting, Exchange and VPS.
Uses Halon to provide email security as a service for various platforms.
Combined in/out filtering for email and web servers.

Consolidates all in-flight-email functions

The Halon email platform includes all the functionality that you need in front of your email storage; email routing, anti spam, signing, rate limits, content filtering, outbound deliverability and much more, in an integrated and scriptable fashion. This reduces complexity and eliminates the burden of maintaining many separate systems.


Designed for cloud and hosting providers

Many hosting providers are also software developers; the competition requires them to innovate beyond what standard products can support. Halon is the open, scriptable alternative to building and maintaining a home-brew system. Its email-centric scripting language enables you to rapidly architect the system that you need, without compromises.


Powerful developer friendly scripting

Halon’s email-centric scripting language helps service providers to do rapid implementation of new technologies in a way that fits them, to keep up with the competition. Examples we’ve seen are DKIM signing with keys delivered from a control panel using a REST API, custom SRS, dynamic routing and tailored outbound policies for maximum deliverability. The sandbox, REPL interpreter and revision management make deployments safe and efficient.

if (!$senderip) {
    
SetProtocol("smtp"); // Use SMTP for locally generated DSNs
    
Try();
}
$route cache ["ttl" => 3600http("$apiurl/route", [], [$recipientdomain]);
$route json_decode($route);
if (!
is_array($route))
    
Reschedule(3600, ["reason" => "Invalid route""increment_retry" => false]);
SetDestination($route["storage"]);
SetProtocol("lmtp"); 

Reliable, painless updates

Update your entire email delivery platform (that you’ve architected using our high-level scripting language) with a few clicks (or halonctl), instead of having to update many small software components in several different systems, worrying about regressions or broken dependencies. By completely overwriting the system partition from an update partition, updates are quick and reliable.




Enterprise security

Halon’s integrated and scriptable approach to anti-spam, signing and verification, policies and inspection enables enterprise-grade security at hosting-grade performance and at a price that fits your business model. Transaction safety (in-transit reject) and anti-spam from leading vendors make your customers forget about spam, without worrying about losing genuine email.