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Gaps seen in file archiving tools

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CA, EMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM had products in last year's email archiving Magic Quadrant from Stamford, CT-based Gartner. Symantec was named a market leader. Gartner labeled AXS-One, Mimosa Systems and Zantaz (owned by Autonomy) as visionaries that were all competing against C2C Systems, CommVault, Messaging Architects, Open Text, Quest Software, Waterford Technologies and ZL Technologies. Some of those companies had products in the enterprise content management Magic Quadrant, where SharePoint competes.

The new Oracle package (sort of a SharePoint manager, if you will) performs email stubbing; email messages and attachments are swiped from mail systems and archived while a reference stub remains. Stubbing is on the agenda of plenty of major file-system vendors, says Babineau. "The challenge for vendors is to figure out how to do it outside a Windows environment. Reputable vendors are working on how to do it while reducing the risk of a customer losing any data, mostly with Unix and Linux stubs."

In a 2007 survey conducted by ESG, file archiving users cited "compliance with record-retention regulations" as the primary reason for implementation, rating it far ahead of improving server and backup times, and user experiences.

--Ellen O'Brien

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This was first published in June 2008

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