VFEmail ONLY does email, so our job is to ensure the system is always available and try and do so solely with user funding.
VFEmail started in 2001 by Rick Romero in direct response to the 'ILOVEYOU' virus. At the time, anti-virus was not integrated into email systems. After writing a set of batch files to integrate Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition A/V scanning into Mercury/32 on Windows, Rick turned his attention to helping regular users and local small businesses avoid email-based viruses. VFEmail started with a single FreeBSD server, and thanks to Rick's broad and extensive IT experience, frugal purchasing, and long-term planning, VFEmail has grown into the site you see today. While other services have shut down, or been exposed as not delivering on their promises, VFEmail keeps chugging along.
We strive to build an economical and redundant system, to provide our users with as much uptime as possible. As mentioned, VFEmail started with a single machine, but over time we've built out, adding systems for load balancing/failover and separating services. Most recently we've made use of Virtual Machines in order to keep hardware acquisitions at a minumum, in those cases where it would not impact performance. By separating vital functions, upgrades, updates, and system problems can quickly and easily be isolated from the rest of the system and provide you with uninterrupted accessibility.