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Empower Your Mobile Users with an Active Archive

An enterprise information archive should be much more than cheap storage and data resiliency, or place to hunt for (or lose) long forgotten evidence in the event of an eDiscovery case. In fact, the enterprise archive, be it for email, files or IM conversations, now has a vital role to play in increasing employee productivity, rather than just being a dark and dusty vault where data goes to die.

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Boost employee productivity with an active archive

As analyst firm Ovum predicts enterprise end-user mobility will be top of the CIO agenda in 2015, ask yourself how quickly can your users find that two-year-old email or vital attachment while on the move? It’s worth considering how a lack of mobility will affect client response times or employee satisfaction in your organization.

The good news is that the move to better and brighter times has already begun. In its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving 2014, Gartner predicted that by 2019, “75 percent of organizations will treat archived data as an active and “nearline” data source, and not simply as a separate repository to be viewed or searched periodically.” For enterprise CIOs, this means we’ve got roughly five years to think about uncovering value in the vast quantities of data we store for undefined purposes at an undefined point of time in the future.

But balancing the information needs of an increasingly mobile workforce with secure and highly-available services often present a major challenge, particularly for traditional on-premises IT environments. As your data volumes grow exponentially, and you bank more valuable data, many businesses are looking to the cloud to solve these demands.

Elastically scalable storage, predictable subscription costs, performance, ubiquity of access and high availability are important factors but the real advantage here is increased flexibility around scale and style of deployment as well as use of these services. Cloud archives can more easily accommodate connections to live Outlook services, SharePoint and third-party APIs. Moving the email archive to the cloud makes it easier to allow employees to search all of their data through their phones and tablets, a simple victory that is largely unsupported by on-premises archive vendors. All of these reasons mean an ‘active archive’ can only exist in the cloud; the limitations to performance, scalability, access, security and usage are too great when the archive remains on-premises.

Cloud archiving vendors are also the only type of technology vendor who are going to have a product roadmap that aims to create new and innovative ways to bring your data to life. Most cloud firms roll out changes, improvements and new features on a continuous delivery schedule so there is always something new to delight your end users. By contrast, older less agile, on-premises technology vendors are usually stuck to a rigid multi-year release cycle that imposes significant burdens on your technical team – re-indexing your archive because of new ‘engines’ or search providers is a great example from two of the market leaders of on-premises archive technology. We don’t want to do that again in a hurry, that’s for sure.

Having an active archive for your enterprise information offers the business a single, secure repository in the cloud in which all your corporate memory can be stored is a simple, yet highly effective and strategic way for the long term retention of your data. For your end users, simply supporting their use of mobile devices will be a significant coup in what is seen as a stodgy and un-cooperative application service. But, continuing to delight them with ways of experiencing and interacting with that data today and into the future will at last give them a way to find more productive ways of working.

If you’re stuck in the past and trying to break free from the aging and outmoded on-premises archive, this video may help you. I recently sat down with Gartner research director, Alan Dayley, to break down the benefits of the cloud over on-premises email archiving.

WATCH the video.

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Mimecast Gains Second Magic Quadrant Position

You may have heard last week that we had some good news; we’ve gained a second Gartner Magic Quadrant position this year – our enterprise archiving solution has just been positioned in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving. Together with our recent inclusion in the Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways, this is further affirmation of our standing as a leading provider of enterprise email management solutions, and a great way to round off 2012.

Gartner’s analysts took a very close look at the tools we give our customers to manage their information stores and saw our determination to bring innovation and new products to the Information Archiving space. Earlier this year we beefed up our cloud based Information Archiving services, adding some very useful new capabilities for your business and your users: We introduced the Mimecast File Archive which allows you to archive file data from network shares, home drives, SharePoint, Box and Dropbox.

 We also launched a new iPad app called Mimefiles, and a much talked about integration between Microsoft SharePoint and the Mimecast cloud archive. Importantly we have given your end users tools to access their personal archive from their chosen email client or mobile device (iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Android, empowering their productivity, like no other Cloud Archive.

Mimecast’s vision for the enterprise archive is that it can do so much more than just store data. Mimecast has a vision for an Interactive Archive, where your cloud archive becomes not only a highly available and secure repository of all enterprise data, but it also becomes an incredibly useful source of information, allowing the business and its users to drive value from the data therein. EDiscovery, security, business intelligence and productivity all become vital components of the day to day use of your enterprise archived data.

We are thrilled Gartner have recognized our industry leading technology, and specifically mention the delight we bring to our customers and their users.