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Our company needs a secure chat server. Typically a closed, protected and secure IRC network. Is it possible to set it up just like we set apache or any other server software on our own server instance. We are group of 15 people and if we get a VPS or a good AWS instance.. would that be enough? How should we set this up?

please advice.

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Sure it is possible. Just install centos (or whatever gnu/linux OS you feel confident with) and do a yum install ircd-ratbox to setup an irc server. However IRC communications are usually blocked by company IT policies since they are usually used for botnets.

I would recommend going for jabber (XMPP protocol) since there are a lot of server and client side software.

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can we setup our own jabber server then? – Anand Jan 30 '12 at 11:35
I just added a link where you can find server and client side software. Yes you can. You don't need any external services. – drcelus Jan 30 '12 at 11:39

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