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Beyond storage: Why email archiving can save the day

David Kelleheron April 10, 2014

How many email messages do you send each day? How many Email-is-not-dead-298x300do you receive? Like many regular users, you probably send over 30 messages per day and receive over 100. If you are a power user, you can probably double those numbers and still come up short. With so much mail flowing through your inbox, it is far too easy to find your inbox full, to suffer from information overload, or even to get a little delete-happy and drop messages that you may need later on. Whether you are limited by the size of your mailbox, or the storage on your solid-state drive, there is a very good chance at some point you or your employees are going to find the need for an email message that was deleted.

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Is Your Email a Ticking Legal Timebomb?

A couple of months ago, I postulated here e-discovery-300x224that, far from being dead, email is alive and kicking in business organizations around the world. We talked about how to secure those messages from attackers, but that’s only part of the problem inherent in managing an email system. There’s another type of outsider to whom you might someday have to give access to all those internal communications: the legal system. Regulatory agencies can demand to audit your mail system, or courts can subpoena stored mail messages that are evidentiary in nature as part of the discovery process in the event of a lawsuit or criminal charges. That means you’d better have a good email archiving system in place. But what exactly are the characteristics of a good system?

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