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Vendor aims to save storage space with e-mail archiving tool

Kevin Komiega

Connected Corp. has designed a new way to automate enterprise PC data protection and e-mail archiving. Last week, the Framingham, Mass., software maker released Connected DataProtector with EmailOptimizer 7.0, which features a new "data-reduction process" for handling user e-mail files and archives.

The pitch: Using the software reduces file and e-mail server and storage requirements by localizing the e-mail archiving process to the user's PC. The software minimizes the amount of data captured during a backup session, while ensuring that all the important data is captured and protected in the data center.

A given user's e-mail is archived locally to the PC, then the archived data is backed up automatically to centralized storage in the data center.

Connected says that DataProtector with EmailOptimizer handles archiving for Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes. The company reports that customers that previously consolidated data from approximately 10,000 PCs onto two data center servers can now scale as high as 20,000 PCs per server pair.

Connected said the application of these technologies to the information on PC hard drives reduces the data stored in the data center by an average of 85% or more.

The proliferation of e-mail is the common denominator of every data center and is straining storage management requirements in IT shops everywhere, according to Steve Kenniston, technology analyst for Enterprise Storage Group, in Milford,

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"DataProtector with EmailOptimizer provides a way for companies to help protect corporate data stored at the client desktop [and] mobile level, while reducing the footprint of data that must be stored," he said.

Kenniston said Connected has jumped out to be a leader in the desktop and mobile archiving space. "[They bring] some significant value-add by taking ownership of the data and getting it out of IT's hands to manage."

Kenniston said that, on top of that, Connected's lead in that market has allowed the company to focus on other issues, such as e-mail and optimizing backup.

According to a new report by the Palo Alto, Calif.-based market research Radicati Group Inc., there are thousands of businesses anxious to get a handle on meeting new government requirements that regulate the storage of electronic documents, such as e-mails and instant messaging.

Radicati reports that 86% of companies feel that e-mail archiving is important, although 63% say that they don't have e-mail archiving policies. Radicati surveyed 105 CEOs, IT managers and presidents of major businesses in varied industries.

Another product, Connected DataProtector 7.0 -- an expanded version of what was formerly called Connected TLM 6.2 -- supports larger amounts of disk storage and 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard for the secure transmission and storage of vital data.

"[The software] can comprehensively protect information while decreasing expenditures on storage infrastructure and management," said Nicole Ouellette, technical product manager for Connected.

Connected DataProtector with EmailOptimizer 7.0 and Connected DataProtector 7.0 are available from Connected and its partners as subscription services or as licensed software.

The Connected DataProtector agent is compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT/2000 and Windows XP. The Connected DataProtector data center software is compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 2000.

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