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Daily Digest: August 1, 2008  
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Survey of Archiving Products -- Let us know what you think about the archiving products you use. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings. The survey just started--great if you can help get this off the ground by contributing your own policies

Survey of Retention Policies -- See the retention policies for various organizations here. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings

LiveOffice Achieves Top 10 Ranking in 2008 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey  

Messaging & Collaboration

Sunbelt Software Announces New Anti-malware Solution, VIPRE Enterprise
Next-generation enterprise security product delivers comprehensive endpoint virus, spyware, and malware protection with high performance and low system resource usage

JB Management selects Boldon James to provide enhanced policy based messaging capability to US Navy
JBM's Formatted Messaging application extended to incorporate message labelling for use by up to 30,000 users across 300 US naval vessels

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LiveOffice Interesting Trade-offs

LiveOffice, a hosted email archiving service, has an interesting trade-off between functionality and user friendliness.

The service is typically used by organizations with 100 to 1,000 employees. So it doesn't have all the bells and whistles that a large organization needs. For example:

  • Search is mainly oriented to keywords, and standard email metadata such as TO and FROM addresses and dates. There's no concept search.
  • The granularity of access controls is limited.
  • All tags are informally defined on the fly by users.

The lack of these bells and whistles translates to a service that is much more user- and administrator-friendly than it would otherwise be. ... David Ferris



Item Counts Impact Exchange Performance

Common sense tells us that large mailboxes will slow the performance of Exchange Server. But are you aware that item count is the real nemesis of Exchange performance? We recently found this TechNet article, which does an excellent job of explaining the difference between mailbox size and item count -- and explains the corresponding impact on Exchange Server performance.

Here's a brief excerpt from the article that makes a key point about item count:

Understand that most performance issues are not the result of large mailbox size (defined as a mailbox that is larger than 2GB), but instead the number of items in the folder or folders that are being accessed on the server. Having many items in a folder adversely affects performance because operations in those folders will take longer. In particular, performance is largely influenced by the number of items in the critical path folders: Calendar, Contacts, Inbox, and Sent Item folder.

We urge everyone who is responsible for Exchange Server to carefully read and understand this article. We live in a time where rapid mailbox growth is the norm, and it is critical for the successful management of Exchange that we manage email storage growth with a complete understanding of how Exchange works. ... Bob Spurzem



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  • Provide messaging and collaborative technologies
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  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

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