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Daily Digest: August 14, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

US-Analytics and RenewData Announce Partnership to Offer Symantec Enterprise Vault Migration Service for Historical Data
Turn-key solution bundles delivery and support services with a fully-loaded and indexed Enterprise Vault containing data from historical backup media

Pitney Bowes Government Solutions Launches Document Processing Solutions Offering for Government Market

Tecwatch Partners With Sonian to Provide Hosted Email Archiving Services  

Messaging & Collaboration

Cyberoam identity-based UTM Wins Network Products Guide Reader Trust Award for Best in Content Filtering
Cyberoam Identity-based UTM Selected a 2008 Best Products and Services Winner In Content Filtering

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

CommuniGate Systems delivers Pronto! Unified Communications client version 2.2
Pronto! version 2.2 offers VideoMail, advanced collaboration via presence and integrated VoIP for Firefox and Apple Safari

PeopleCube and Notify Technology Announce iPhone Support for Meeting Maker
The NotifyLink solution for Meeting Maker extends wireless email and PIM synchronization to Apple's new iPhone 3G and any iPhone or iPod touch

Blog Item(s)

Orange Legal Technologies: Hosted E-Discovery

Orange Legal Technologies offers a hosted e-discovery service:

  • Key components, in EDRM terms, are:
    • Analysis. Gathering relevant information.
    • Processing. Doing things like making attachments readable, extracting metadata, deduplication, converting to standard formats such as PDF or TIFF.
    • Review. Sifting through the material to determine relevance, responsiveness, privilege, and/or confidentiality.
  • Target market is law firms or in-house corporate counsel.
  • Orange Legal used to offer these services through partnerships with third-party software firms; since June, the firm offers its own technology.
  • Main competition is MetaLINCS and Kroll.
  • Full-service vendors such as Fios, ONSITE3, and RenewData are also competitors since Orange Legal also provides professional services for collection, analysis, processing, review, and production.
  • Company believes its main competitive strengths are:
    • Analysis, processing, and review in one integrated package.
    • 50 foreign languages are supported, including Unicode scripts.
    • Throughput. 25GB to 30GB/hour of information can be fed into the system, which Orange Legal figures is three times as fast as others.
  • Pricing: Flat fee of $650/GB for everything read in, plus a hosting fee of $35 to $50 per GB, depending on the volume. Not-to-exceed pricing is also available.

The integrated analysis, processing, and review is certainly an attractive feature, making life a lot simpler for the user. Today, these different phases are commonly handled by separate products. Over the long term, such integration is likely to win out over cobbling together best-of-breed solutions. ... David Ferris


Unison: A New Unified Communications Offering

Unison is a new unified communications offering:

  • Provides email, directory, IM, voice, voicemail, calendar, contacts, virus control (ClamAV), spam control (SpamAssassin), and backup.
  • Voice/voicemail is a complete PBX offering running on the server.
  • Server end runs on customer-installed standard PC hardware.
  • User interface is a rich Windows client--in the future a plugin for Outlook will be available.
  • Technology is very standards-oriented; e.g.,uses XMPP for IM.
  • Main target is organizations with 20 to 1,000 employees, for which a single server suffices.
  • Main competition is Microsoft Exchange/OCS, etc.
  • Main strengths vs. Microsoft:
    • Ease of installation.
    • MSRP: $50/user/year, or $36K for a perpetual server license.
    • Ease of use that comes from having everything in one place.

Microsoft is clearly validating the UC space, and educating the market. Unison's aggressive pricing and the ease of installation could be attractive to many small organizations. One wonders how prepared users will be to move away from Outlook to Unison's own client -- it's tempting to think they'd prefer an Outlook plugin. ... 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.

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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
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  • 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.

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