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In addition, organizations need to be sure that, whatever solution they choose, they will have the added benefit of owning a copy of all email data, allowing easy migration of that data to new email platforms in the future. Ownership of your data is critically important, particularly in the event that a cloud platform or email provider loses or compromises your data, or deletes it after a certain amount of time.
3. VMware Represents Next Growth Phase in Archiving Market
What's next in information archiving? Welch says that virtualization of hardware, software and networks represents a sea change in enterprise computing, and is already impacting the archiving market in a big way.
As organizations across the government and education markets look to reduce their dependence on costly server hardware and reduce administrative and energy costs, VMware offers a powerful and affordable alternative. And with virtual appliance solutions hitting the market to support archiving in VMware environments, many institutions -- including colleges, universities and K-12 schools -- can gain added confidence in their ability to meet regulatory compliance requirements, while also ensuring that virtualized data is protected at every turn. A college in Georgia recently turned to ArcMail for this very reason, Welch says.
The bottom line is that organizations are in need of archiving and regulatory compliance solutions more than ever, and those that stay ahead of the curve -- rather than waiting until it's too late -- will not endure the pain of lost data or suffer through the time and expense required to effectively fulfill an e-Discovery request.