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Vol. 3 No. 4 June 2004

Choose wisely when handing off e-mail

For overloaded IT departments, making sure that e-mail is compliant is a burden--and many companies need a third-party to deal with it. "Outsourcing e-mail can be a cost-effective solution, especially for smaller organizations," says Mike Casey, principal analyst, Contoural Inc. But Casey adds, there is the chance of putting sensitive data at risk when e-mail archiving is outsourced. He recommends that companies "review the outsourcer's infrastructure and security controls" and their "methods for retrieval of the entire archive." The benefits of outsourced e-mail archiving are plentiful, though, says Margaret Rimmler, VP of marketing, enterprise solutions and services for records management company, Iron Mountain. "Outsourcing gets companies out of an immediate mess for 30% less money than they could do it themselves," says Rimmler. Analyst Casey agrees, saying that "an outsourcer may have a more controlled and well-managed infrastructure than a small business could build on its own." In addition to Iron Mountain, BT Syntegra, ...

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Features in this issue

  • NAS on a grand scale

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

  • Down-to-earth HBAs

    Finally, there's an HBA for everyone. Vendors are creating HBAs that are functional and affordable, even for smaller shops.

  • Exchange and NAS On Again

    Microsoft has revised its "No Exchange on NAS" policy to "No Exchange on non-Microsoft NAS."

  • Storage on demand

    Tired of overbuying, overconfiguring or overallocating storage? Utility storage--used in a similiar fashion as electricity or water in your home--may be the answer to your prayers.

  • Continuous protection

    by  James Damoulakis

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

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