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Daily Digest: August 13, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Mimosa NearPoint Enables eDiscovery, Eliminates Mailbox Quotas, and Strengthens Disaster Recovery for North America's Largest Resort and Casino
Foxwoods Resort Casino Turns to Mimosa for Next-Generation Content Archiving Solution to Keep Pace with Rapid Growth and Maximize Storage Hardware Investment

Organizations Around the World Select CommVault Over Competition for Superior Data Management
CommVault Marks the One-Year Anniversary of Simpana 7.0 Software Suite with Enterprise Milestones

Northcliffe Media Selects Autonomy for Editorial Content Search Portal
IDOL Indexes 40 Million Documents to Enhance the Editorial Process

Messaging & Collaboration

HarrisData Community Gets New Collaboration Environment
HarrisData announces it will deliver Bulletin Boards and Wikis to its User Community using PHP-based technology; the HarrisData Customer Zone, powered by the IBM i, is an online forum for HarrisData and RTI software users to share experiences and information

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

GFI MailEssentials wins MSExchange.org Readers' Choice Award for fourth year running  

Return Path to Acquire Habeas, Creates New Powerhouse for Trusted Email Delivery
Combined Scope, Scale, Expertise to Address Hot Demand for Email in Direct Marketing, Mobile and Web 2.0 Applications

Global Cosmetics Company Shiseido Ensures Highest Level of Business Security and Continuity With Lumension Security
Shiseido protects its network from threats and facilitates compliance with multiple international regulations using Lumension's industry-leading Vulnerability Management Solution

Six Apart Introduces Movable Type Pro, the All-in-One Social Publishing Platform
Movable Type heralds a new era by adding social networking capabilities to industry-leading blogging, website development and content management tools

Blog Item(s)

DAS vs. SANs for Exchange

For a while now, Microsoft and its larger consulting partners -- such as HP -- have been telling customers that direct-attached storage (DAS) makes a lot more sense than shared disk arrays for their Exchange mailbox stores. This has been greeted with a certain amount of incredulity in some quarters. Let's scratch the surface ...

As with most email-centric server applications, Exchange has always had difficulty scaling, due to disk performance bottlenecks. As the number of active users grows, so does the number of simultaneous read and write requests to the disk storage. Even the best disks need several milliseconds to service an average request -- that's simple physics -- so the classic solution to high user loads was to spread the load over more and more disks, using techniques such as striping. This is what disk arrays are good at -- fast, multiuser access, while keeping the data safe from inevitable hardware failures.

DAS, on the other hand, is much less expensive, but not as scalable. The classic assumption was that DAS was fine for small, brand office servers, but anything more taxing needed an external array.

With Exchange 2007, however, much more of the disk usage can be serviced by a large in-memory cache. In previous versions, the maximum amount of physical memory that a server could have was less than 4GB -- this limit has been raised substantially in Exchange 2007. According to tests run by HP, moving from 4GB to 22GB of memory can reduce physical disk accesses by 70% -- although you should note that this is a best-case figure.

The combination of this additional caching and the improved performance of disk interface technologies such as serial-attached SCSI (SAS) has substantially changed the economics of storage. ... Richi Jennings


Sonian's Hosted Archiving

Sonian Networks offers a hosted email archiving service, available since February 2008:

  • Works with Exchange, Lotus, GroupWise, Ipswitch.
  • Main competitors are Google/Postini, Dell/MessageOne, Proofpoint/Fortiva, LiveOffice.
  • Sees its main competitive strengths as:
    • Low price: $3/month for unlimited storage (granted, Google Apps is similar).
    • Scalability: Built on Amazon's cloud architecture.
    • Easy to use and manage.
    • Good e-discovery search.
    • Ease of implementation.
  • Sells via regional VARs, and OEMs that white label the service; e.g., Ipswitch, Rackspace/Mailtrust, Maccius.
  • Ferris Research estimates calendar 2008 revenues at $1M.

... David Ferris



Upcoming Reports & Events

Call for Speakers
"Emerging Technology: Compliance, Content Control, and Data Leak Prevention"
September 24, 2008

We invite up-and-coming vendors of products or services in compliance, content control, and data leak prevention to speak at this Ferris Research webinar:

  • Detailed event description is here
  • Audience is mixture of IT planners, corporate compliance and legal staff, vendor management, investors
  • Typical size: 100 to 200 registrants
  • Normally your CEO or CTO will present

To participate, email david.ferris@ferris.com, indicating:

  • Name and title of your proposed speaker
  • Top three reasons what you're doing is emerging and/or innovative and/or interesting

If we accept your proposal, we will ask you to promote the event to your customers and prospective customers.

Emerging Technology: Compliance, Content Control, and Data Leak Prevention
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

In this event, David Ferris introduces three new or newish vendors that he finds interesting or innovative in the overlapping fields of compliance, content control, and data leak prevention. Each vendor's CEO briefly describes the company's business; then he or she and David discuss the business and its industry context. A Q&A period follows.

To register for the webcast, click here. For more information, click here.

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About Ferris Research

Ferris Research studies messaging, and the control of electronic information. More specifically, we help IT staff evaluate and implement products and services that:

  • 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.

We've been in business since 1990--longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include 300 of the world's 1,000 largest organizations, and computer vendors from the largest corporations to small startups
  • While other analysts have come and gone, we've published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins
  • Our news service covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually
  • We have nine experts in our research team, sharing many decades of experience in our core competencies

In short, our technology and industry depth helps you understand today's products, where they've come from and where they're going.

Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

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