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Published: 20 Oct 2012

E-MAIL ARCHIVING, a sizzling hot segment of the storage market, is winning converts every day. But many Exchange admins are finding one of the most touted benefits of these products--slimmed down Exchange mail stores--somewhat elusive. The e-mail archiving vendors aren't overstating the prowess of their applications, but they often fail to mention a big step in the process of regaining disk space from bloated Exchange databases. "Every single one of them is promising a smaller, faster, leaner, meaner database that you back up faster and restore faster--if you need to do it-- and it's just not true," says Troy Werelius, CEO of Lucid8, a provider of Exchange utilities. "They do the prep work for it." Tim Tiches, director of product management for CA's Message Manager (formerly iLumin Assentor), concurs. "We will stub messages to reduce the footprint, in theory, on the Exchange server," says Tiches, "but the actual space isn't recovered until it's compacted." After an archiver moves messages and attachments from the database to the archive destination, the ... Access >>>

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