[Dovecot] dovecot as gmail imap proxy

Farkas Levente lfarkas at lfarkas.org
Tue Jun 17 18:03:38 EEST 2008

may be this is a bit of topic, but i hope not. it's always a big 
question which is the better to choose a hosting provider to keep and 
manage you mail or setup your own mail server, hosting, virus and spam 
filter etc.. now as more and more people and company move to gmail or 
google apps mail service it seems google can't handle the load and it's 
getting more and more slower. what's more not just the imap interface 
but nowadays the web interface used to be hang or even stop working. 
it's getting more and more annoying that the speed is worst than in a 10 
years ago. i thing about how can this be solved without totally give up 
gmail as a mail service provider (and may be they can solve it in a few 
would it be possible to create a dovecot server as an imap proxy for 
gmail and google apps?
imho many people/company would be love to use such a setup where he can 
use gmail in vacation or any other time, but when the email is real 
critical apps (not acceptable to wait 1 minutes for an email to load or 
to open a folder/label) than he can use a proxy server eg. dovecot which 
act as a imap proxy to gmail and can be hosted on closer, faster server 
and this speed problem never happend. what's more it can be used as a 
mail backup server too.
anybody has any such setup, idea? would it be possible with dovecot.
any other suggestion?

   Levente                               "Si vis pacem para bellum!"

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