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Daily Digest: August 21, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

exchange@PAM Offers Flexible Archiving to 5,600 Mailboxes for A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger
A.T.U use exchange@PAM's technology and expertise to centralize their MS Exchange Server environment, comply with information regulations and provide their Blackberry users with access to archived messages

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

CaseCentral Migrates On-Demand eDiscovery Platform to Oracle Real Application Clusters
Software-as-a-Service Provider to Corporate Legal Departments and Law Firms Adopts Clustered Database Environment to Optimize Performance, Availability and Scalability

Guidance Software Lowers the Threshold to In-house eDiscovery with new "Pay-Per-Use" EnCase eDiscovery Pricing
Disruptive Pricing Model Makes EnCase eDiscovery Available to All on a Low-Cost, Per Case Basis

Orange Legal Technologies Joins EDRM Project to Drive E-Discovery Understanding and Interoperability
Company Joins Industry Leaders to Bring Demonstrated Interoperability and XML Expertise to Project

KPMG E-Discovery Software Can Help More Effectively Manage Litigation Process  

MetaLINCS Delivers Even Faster, More Powerful E-Discovery with MetaLINCS Enterprise E-Discovery 4.5 Release
2X faster Processing Speed, Work Product Sharing between Cases, Enhanced Thread Based Reviews and XML Support Further Boost Productivity, Performance and Scalability

Messaging & Collaboration

AOL Introduces New AIM Express  

CommuniGate Systems launches Mobile Unified Communications for the iPhone 3G
Unified Communications Solution drives massive revenue potential for Network Operators providing Unified Communications (UC) as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for Enterprises

StrongMail Expands Email Marketing Product Line to Meet Increased Demand from SMBs
New cost-effective turnkey package enables companies sending less than 1 million messages per month to take advantage of StrongMail's enterprise-class email marketing solutions and services

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GFI's Email Archiving: Snapshot

GFI sells a variety of tools, one of which is MailArchiver for Exchange.

Summary of Capabilities

  • Customer-installed archiving for MS Exchange.
  • Available since December 2004.

Illustrative Pricing

  • $324 for 25 seats; $1,296 for 200 seats; $4,320 for 500 seats; $3,780 for 1,000 seats.
  • After first year, maintenance is 20% of purchase price.
  • For details, go here.

Main Types of Prospective Customer

  • U.S. and U.K.: Customers mainly driven by compliance and legal discovery.
  • Rest of world: Storage management is the driver; mailbox size reduction and better performance.
  • U.S. is getting a lot of interest from schools.
  • Typical customer has 200 to 250 seats.
  • H250 customers with over 1,000 seats; about 30 of them have 5,000+ seats.
  • Also many small customers with 50 or so seats.


Competitive Strengths as Perceived by Company

  • Reasonable functionality for extremely competitive price.
  • Much easier to install and maintain than Symantec.
  • Strong multilanguage support.


  • Ferris Research estimates current revenues at about $10M annually for GFI's archiving products.
  • GFI as a whole did $60M in calendar 2007.


  • Hosted archiving: Very easy to install and cheap to operate.
  • Product's focus is on email; it will need to add support for other types of information, whether in motion or at rest.

Miscellaneous Comments

  • V6, out in September 2008, will have Outlook support via a plug-in. Hitherto, archive access has been via a Web browser.

... David Ferris



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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:

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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.

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