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Microsoft Exchange 2010 Archiving and the Value of Third-Party Solutions

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Executive Summary

The Microsoft Exchange 2010 comes with archiving features. This paper assesses their benefits and explores the role of third-party archiving vendors. The main points include that Exchange 2010 will substantially improve the management of Personal Storage Table (PST) files. It also focuses on Exchange retention policy management is substantially improved in Exchange 2010, and basic e-discovery services have been added. These enhancements provide rudimentary facilities for compliance and e-discovery. Other improvisations include consistency with its enhancements over the last five years and Exchange 2010 has had substantial performance improvements. Nevertheless, it is unclear whether backup and restore times will be acceptable for large mailboxes. Microsoft recognizes that its archiving offering will not satisfy everyone's needs. The company wants to encourage its large partner ecosystem to provide complementary solutions, preferably building on top of Exchange's archiving, retention, and discovery of infrastructure. Third-party archiving vendors will continue to enhance Exchange for the foreseeable future, especially in the areas of regulations compliance and e-discovery. They may also serve a valuable role in reducing backup and restore times will be accepted for large mail boxes. Microsoft recognizes that its archiving offering will not satisfy everyone's needs but nevertheless the efforts are on to please users. The company wants to encourage its large partner ecosystem to provide complementary solutions, preferably building on top of Exchange's archiving, retention, and e-discovery infrastructure.

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