Some companies are so on the ball they’re nearly ahead of themselves. Such is the case with Mimosa Systems (news, site) which has just announced that as of the end of this month, NearPoint will support Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (MES 2010).
If you are familiar with MES then you might be a bit surprised with this as NearPoint for MES is a solution for capturing and archiving email, while MES 2010 on its own already has its own archiving function, which appears superficially at least, to be quite adequate.
Extending MES 2010
Not so, Mimosa says, as it not a full find-them-and keep–them solution for companies that are looking to store emails long term, or indeed for companies that need to store emails as records for compliance, or eDiscovery purposes.
This is what NearPoint for MES 2010 is all about. According to T.M Ravi, CEO of Mimosa Systems, this adaptation will extend the usefulness of MES 2010 by providing an organizational record archive that complements the Exchange 2010 archive functionality for long-term retention.
"We have architected a solution that leverages the advanced features being delivered with Exchange 2010 for companies that wish to deploy a long-term archive for email, file system, and SharePoint data,” Ravi said.
Earlier this year, at the end of June, Mimosa upgraded NearPoint to NearPoint 4.0 which with support for MES 2010, not only enhances its own usefulness, but also makes MES 2010 considerably more attractive for companies unable to tackle their email monsters.
NearPoint 4.0 Search function
NearPoint provides users with an intense and in-depth view of everything on the server. From the ability to search calendar, contacts and draft, sent and received messages, as well as the ability to recover data from the dead, Mimosa provides a generalized framework for multiple capture methods from a variety of data sources.
It proactively captures email, files and instant messages, and provides legal search workflow, employee supervision, immediate mailbox and message recovery, disaster recovery, and self-service search and access in one solution.
It also lets users search across multiple platforms for data and is no longer limited to just emails, as users can search enterprise wikis, blogs, documents and other related files for relevant information.
In addition, users can delegate case management much more easily and effectively by being able limit or expand search and viewer permissions within queries.
NearPoint And MES 2010
Combine NearPoint with MES 2010 and you've got yourself some serious firepower. The reality is that email, and the nightmares that unstructured information lurking there within can cause for even companies that are trying to be good, are only going to increase as the volume of email increases.
Where and how NearPoint for MES 2010 works
With the growing volumes there is also a growing need to archive much of the information that is attached to emails, to such a degree that companies like IBM, for example, are developing entire strategies for archiving content, with email search and archiving a core element.
For Microsoft Exchange Server the problem is the same. As the cornerstone of Microsoft’s Unified Communications solution, it is a flexible messaging platform that aims to provide users with the freedom to securely access e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging from virtually any platform, Web-browser or mobile. Even thinking about all the unstructured information in that lot should make you queasy.
Continuous Application Shadowing
There are a whole pile of really interesting features, but special mention must go to NearPoint Continuous Application Shadowing.
This is where Exchange log files are captured and stored “off-host” on NearPoint with all information from the log files indexed and stored as quick as you can say 'eDiscovery'. This includes capture of mailboxes that are either local to the NearPoint server or geographically dispersed.
This also comes with an ability to capture email information that is stored offline in PST files, or even in public folders.
Other NearPoint for MES 2010 abilities include:
- An organization archive providing long-term storage and retention across Exchange, SharePoint and File Share
- An application to manage the entire lifecycle of content from entry to records management, or destruction
- Access to archived content offline
- Scalable to tens of thousands of mailboxes
- Single point of management
- Allocation of tasks like indexing or PST ingestion to specific hosts
Available as of November 30, any company looking to upgrade their MES to 2010, should probably also take a look at this.