Metalogix Software Corp. this week upgraded its Archive Manager software, adding support for mobile devices, one-stop searching for primary and archived email and improved data reduction technology. Version 5.0 of the Microsoft Exchange archiving software highlights the growing importance of managing data on mobile devices outside of the data center.
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Archive Manager 5.0 adds a mobile-device optimized interface for smartphones, including Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Symbian platforms. The mobile interface covers archived email, files and Microsoft SharePoint data.
“We had a browser-based interface that you could use on a mobile device but it wasn’t terribly comfortable,” said Patrick Dowling, Metalogix’s vice president of business development. “The vision we have for our customers is to provide the whole continuum of cloud and mobile computing-based solutions.”
Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) senior consulting analyst Brian Babineau said users are expecting similar experiences when accessing and searching email on mobile devices as they have when using desktop or laptop computers. He said he advises his ESG clients to adopt mobile platforms like Metalogix has done.
“It’s becoming a requirement of new deployments,” Babineau said of mobile device support.
By allowing email search in the Exchange primary store, Metalogix gives administrators the ability to search the entire email, file and SharePoint data stores from one place instead of having to run separate searches. “That’s essentially one place to go to get access to all your content,” Babineau said. “That’s pretty big from an e-discovery standpoint.”
Archive Manager 5.0 also added the ability to extend its single-instance storage capability to scenarios where journaling is used and to email attachments. Single-instance storage stores find copies of files such as email attachments and stores them only once to reduce the capacity needed to keep the redundant files. It is less granular than data deduplication, which looks for redundant data within files and blocks.
“Any way you can keep [email archives] smaller through deduplication or single instancing, the easier those environments become to manage,” Babineau said.
Metalogix claims to have more than 4,400 customers worldwide for Archive Manager, including more than 1,200 in the U.S. The Exchange archiving software is priced by the mailbox for email archiving, and by capacity for file and SharePoint data with tiered volume discounts.
Metalogix’s CEO Steven Murphy said his company is focused on offering products for midmarket companies through its channel partners, which provide 75% of its business. Its competitors included Mimosa Systems Inc. before it was initially acquired by Iron Mountain Inc. then sold to Autonomy Corp. Murphy said Metalogix also competes with CommVault's Simpana and Symantec Corp.’s Enterprise Vault.