Autonomy (news, site) has spruced-up its consolidated archive again, this time with mobile functionality, upgraded cloud connect features and additional connectors that makes the archive compatible with over 400 repositories.

Given that, according to recent research from Neilsen, 41 percent of phones bought in the last six months were smartphones, offering users access to the Consolidated Archive (ACA) from iPhone, iPad and Blackberry is a ‘smart’ move.

So too is the introduction of an upgraded connector for the cloud, which will enable enterprises to manage on-premise and cloud deployments together, as more companies, including those in the SMB space, start moving content to the cloud with the deployment of hybrid software.

Autonomy and ACA

Autonomy Consolidated Archive (ACA) is Autonomy’s answer to the growing amount and type of content that is now needed to carry out enterprise business.

It uses a split-cell architecture, which keeps two secure copies of all data and provides a single instance storage design for managing distributed sources and attachments, as well as a hybrid architecture that couples on-site architecture with outsourced services.

ACA, however, is not just a modular solution into which enterprises can throw all the content they think they might need in the future. Using Autonomy’s Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) it can also contextualize that content and feed it into whatever application needs it.

The advantages are obvious. Legal holds and retention classifications are not subject to arbitrary decisions made by users across the enterprise, but by strict policies that not only recognize the relevance of content and how long it should be kept but also where or when it should be destroyed.

Over the past few years, Autonomy has developed ACA in such a way that it can now manage just about any kind of content, including email and rich media as either an on-premise or hosted solution, or a hybrid of both.

Autonomy’s ACA Upgrades

To this, Autonomy has just added three new features:

Mobile Access

Mobile Access does exactly what you’d expect it to do. Entitled ‘Anywhere Access’, it enables users to find archived content stored in the cloud from their mobile devices without having to install client-side software.

The result is that users can find their content in whatever format the content has been stored in. Emails, for example, are viewable in their native PST (Outlook) or NSF (Notes) formats.

Cloud Connect

The new cloud connect features enable enterprises to make the transition from on-premise to the cloud in small, slow, gradual steps. It manages and maintains hybrid deployments by analyzing the data according to enterprise policies and allocates it by cloud or on-premise as outlined by enterprise polices.


The last upgrade is more of an addition than an upgrade and adds repository connectors where none existed before. The enhancements to the IDOL Connector Framework include the addition of connectors for EMC Documentum, Outlook 2010, BPOS and Lotus Notes.

The new additions to the ACA are out now, only weeks after Autonomy announced that its private cloud had reached a level of 17 petabytes of email, documents and multimedia data on 6,500 servers in eight data centers around the world.

Some Trivial Pursuit information on this: Seventeen petabytes is equal to more than 11 times the size of the 10 billion photos on Facebook, or 226 years of HD video! You heard it here first!