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AttachStor reclaims e-mail storage

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Will Microsoft add this functionality?
At first, I wondered if this wonderful functionality might be something that Microsoft might add to its product at a future date, making an investment in AttachStor a waste. However, I doubt that will ever happen. Using this functionality allows a storage admin to significantly reduce the number of information stores, reducing licensing costs for both the operating system and Exchange.

There are areas for improvement, of course. One of the other issues with mail is remote PST files. Think about all of the intellectual property that resides in attachments embedded in files. Wouldn't it be wonderful if AttachStor could use its software to solve this problem?

I also wonder about those companies who don't use Exchange or Domino, and use all kinds of products that make mail accessible via IMAP. Consider my company's anti-spam system. Because installing an inline spam filter was a problem, we used a free tool called IMAP Spam Begone to open our IMAP in boxes, checked them for spam using SpamAssassin and then moved those messages to a spam folder--all from about 600 lines of Python code. Surely AttachStor could apply its technology in the same way.

Areas for improvement aside, it looks like the AttachStor Suite is a great tool that could save Exchange and Domino environments lots of money by reducing the number of servers they have, and reducing the storage that attachments use, making things much easier for remote users. AttachStor does this for about $20 per user. If you're using Exchange or Domino, I'd be giving these guys a call.

This was first published in February 2004

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