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Daily Digest: April 9, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

CommVault Adds New Data Protection and Information Management Features to Simpana 7.0 Software Suite
Customers Benefit From Simplified Remote Office Management, Advanced eDiscovery Features and Added Platform Support for Data Migration

New RSA Offering Centralizes and Streamlines Encryption Key Management Throughout the Enterprise
RSA Key Manager(RKM) for the Datacenter Simplifies Encryption Across Multiple Layers of the IT Stack

NFP Selects Fortiva's SaaS Email Archive to Address Rapid Growth and Search Performance Requirements
Firm replaces leading in-house solution, realizing 20 percent email related cost savings annually while improving reliability and email storage management

The United Kingdom's Cabinet Office Standardises on Autonomy Meridio's Records Management Solution
Meridio Solution Helps the UK Government Administration to Retain and Leverage Institutional Knowledge

Guidance Software Releases EnCase Lab Edition Enabling Rapid Distribution and Analysis of Digital Evidence
Solution allows key stakeholders to collaborate and speed-up the investigative process to resolve cases more efficiently; produce actionable intelligence

Mimosa Systems and Nexsan Partner to Delivery Turnkey Information Archiving for eDiscovery, Disaster Recovery, and Storage Optimization
Partnership Combines Mimosa's Powerful NearPoint Content Archiving Solution with Nexsan's Assureon Intelligent, Energy-Efficient, Long-Term Disk Storage

EMC Strengthens Disk-Based Security with New Encryption Capabilities
Integration of RSA Encryption Functionality with EMC PowerPath Software Extends EMC's Leadership in Information-Centric Security

Messaging & Collaboration

Clearswift releases MIMEsweeper for Domino Edge Server to strengthen gateway protection for Lotus email users
New release guards Lotus email environments against spam, viruses and malware and helps enforce usage policies

Critical Path Selected to Power Hosted Consumer Push Email Service 

Kaspersky Lab boosts corporate product line with Kaspersky Mail Gateway 5.6 

Voltage SecureFile, Now Available Through Security as a Service, Brings Simple File and Document Security to Business Users
Businesses Users Can Easily Secure Their Confidential Documents

BEA Systems Releases Platform for Enterprise Social Computing
BEA AquaLogic User Interaction Release Designed to Drive New Modes of Collaboration, Improved Productivity and Participation

Ensim Unify Receives 2007 Product of the Year Award From TMC's Unified Communications 

Jive Acquires Jotlet 

Knotice Rolls Out Email Marketing Enhancements
Broader coverage with international Internet Service Providers and campaign preview support for Windows Mobile 5, Windows Mobile 6, and Blackberry RIM now available

Entrust Secure E-mail Solution Now Offers Encrypted Adobe PDF Capabilities
Entrust Entelligence Messaging Server extends delivery methods, serves as comprehensive communication platform

Blog Item(s)

Exchange Storage Challenges
For the last few years, Exchange databases have grown in size, to the extent that performance has suffered, and there has been an increased risk of service disruption.

Consider how Exchange has evolved. When mailboxes were tens of gigabytes in size, hundreds of mailboxes could be managed on a single CPU machine. As mailboxes grew to hundreds of megabytes, more powerful dual- and quad-processor machines were needed. Now with the latest Exchange version 2007 and 64-bit machines, gigabyte mailboxes are supported, but it is still not enough.

A quick fix is to improve the way users manage email:

  • Users should always delete email once it is no longer needed.
  • The deleted folder should be emptied each day.
  • Users should file their email and avoid filling the Inbox. If the Inbox (and the Sent Items folder) is allowed to grow to thousands of items, Outlook performance is severely crippled.
  • Do not store email in PST files. PST files are easily lost and are costly to access for discovery.

However, such measures are often (rightly) resisted by users.

For the last few years, the solution has been email archiving. Email archiving moves email, based on age and size, from Exchange to the archive. In this way, Exchange storage is reduced and long-term email storage is now the responsibility of the archive. Email in the archive remains accessible via Outlook and OWA, so users can still look up and read old email when needed.

My sense is that storage management will gradually become less of a driver for Exchange archiving. My sense is also that five years out, Exchange will let users have mailboxes the size they want them to be. Archiving will still be important, indeed a necessity, but it won't be as a fix to storage management problems. ... David Ferris



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Determining the Right Retention Policies
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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Organizations vary considerably with regard to their policies on how long to retain electronic information before deleting it. In this webinar, Ferris analyst David Ferris and Richard Hoffman of AXS-One discuss laws and regulations that affect retention policy, internal corporate policies and other things to consider when determining retention policy, how to define a retention policy, the main retention policies in place today, and how retention policies are changing. The event concludes with a Q&A session.

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Electronic Discovery: Helping General Counsel Understand IT's Role
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IT today plays an important role in the e-discovery process. In-house and external legal teams are often unclear on what IT's role should be. In this webinar, we discuss IT's role and how IT should educate its legal colleagues about its role. The event concludes with a Q&A session.

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  • Provide messaging and collaborative technologies
  • Archive electronic information
  • Ensure compliance with corporate policy, industry regulations, and laws
  • Facilitate e-discovery, and contain its costs
  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

Email is the most important type of electronic information that requires control today. Other important types include instant messages, Sharepoint teamspaces, images, voice, video, and miscellaneous desktop files.

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