HP's IAP Archiving--An Update
HP's archiving has gone quiet for the last two years. During this time, the company has been mulling over its plans, and refining its marketing messages and internal sales and support procedures. Here's a quick summary of the situation:
- Originally known as RISS, more recently as Integrated Archiving Platform (IAP).
- Currently supports Exchange (including calendar and task items, shared folders), Notes email, files, and databases.
- Future support planned for SharePoint, instant messaging, and ECM systems.
- Main reasons to buy: storage management (worldwide), plus compliance and e-discovery in U.S.
- Always sold as hardware and software bundle.
- The list price of the IAP base system, which provides up to 6.3TB of integrated storage, is $70,300 (includes the first year of maintenance support). The IAP is priced on capacity and object ingestion, the latter being the biggest variable between customers. The HP Email Archiving software for Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino is priced per user and sold in 500 and 10,000 license to use (LTU) increments. The first year of software support must be purchased.
- For example, for 5,000 Exchange users, a system with 1GB of storage per user, and limited professional services, would list at about $400,000; i.e., $8/user. After the first year, 22% maintenance applies.
- Main competition: Symantec, Autonomy, Mimosa, CommVault, and EMC.
- Most sales to enterprises are direct; most sales to medium-sized organizations (say 3,000 to 10,000 employees) are via resellers.
In our view, the most interesting aspects of the offering are:
- Integrated hardware and software solution, usually along with professional services.
- Scalability: up to 450TB, billions of objects, 100,000+ users, largely due to the underlying grid architecture and the built-in indexing and other storage intelligence.
- Fast query and retrieval, largely due to built-in indexing and other storage intelligence.
- Tight integration of software and hardware. This implies various benefits; e.g., more reliable retention policy implementation, more reliable chain of custody, and greater certainty about access controls.
... David Ferris
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