Archiving and policy-based retention are not new technologies, although the companies that offer these have provided substantially enhanced products over the years; so much so that today’s solutions satisfy a wide range of customer requirements. As companies worry more about big data, ediscovery and why they’re saving data, the additional benefits of policy-based retention become more apparent.
Why do companies archive email data?
First generation archiving products served a simple purpose: overcome the limitations of mailbox quotas in Exchange and the high cost of disk storage.
Archiving solutions provided some level of retrieval, but were more focused on getting email off mail servers and onto lower-cost secondary storage. For some companies, this was enough, and sufficiently cost-effective that they simply archived everything into seemingly perpetual storage.