Astaro’s First Hosted Service Offers E-mail Archiving in the Cloud

From: Astaro
Published: Wed Jun 16 2010


Astaro Corporation (http://www.astaro.com), a leading Unified Threat Management provider, today announced that Astaro Mail Archiving, an e-mail archiving service hosted in the cloud, is now available. The Astaro Mail Archiving service provides companies using Microsoft Exchange with unlimited e-mail storage for an indefinite amount of time for only a small fee per month and user, without any additional costs. The Astaro mail archive is seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Outlook and offers its users intuitive and easy access to their archived e-mails.

"Since starting with Astaro Mail Archiving, I am no longer required to manually archive e-mails on an external hard drive. This frees up storage space and saves me about 6 hours a week," said Raymond Morrison, Network Administrator at Billerica Public Schools. "Unlimited storage space and retention time means that I have less to worry about. I am also really impressed by the fast search feature and the Outlook plug-in for end-users."

Since e-mail today is seen to be on par with printed business letters, most countries have passed laws that make archiving e-mail obligatory. Traditional archiving products can be deployed either as software on a company’s Exchange server or as dedicated hardware appliances. Both options are complex, expensive and require additional expenditure for maintenance and upgrades. Additionally, they are limited by hardware performance, and they cause scalability challenges. As the Astaro Mail Archiving service is hosted in the cloud, it can store unlimited e-mail messages and attachments. Astaro’s first hosted solution also includes special auditor privileges for discovery tasks following the 4-eye principle as well as audit logging capabilities, allowing organisations to easily comply with local regulations.

"Compliance is one important reason to archive e-mails, but there are others as well," said Gert Hansen, Vice President Product Management at Astaro. "The real charm of an intelligent archiving solution, apart from being compliant, is that you can delete every e-mail without worrying about needing the information in the future. Every e-mail will be easily retrievable even after it is deleted from your inbox, just by doing a quick search."

As employees get used to deleting e-mails which are no longer needed, fewer e-mails need to be stored on the internal server, which leads to drastically shortened back-up times and maintenance efforts. Additionally, the elimination of software or hardware for archiving purposes also means Astaro’s service requires no administration or maintenance on the part of the end-user or IT staff. To access their archived e-mails, users can use a quick search, either via a web interface or Outlook Plug-in.

Hansen continued: "Our goal with Astaro Mail Archiving was to take the burden of archiving e-mails away from IT administrators. They no longer have to worry about storage space or software updates – we do it for them, so they can focus on more productive tasks. Developing a cloud-based storage service that automatically stores messages was the most effective way to achieve this goal."

More information about Astaro Mail Archiving can be found here: http://www.astaro.com/landingpages/2min-explainer-ama
http://www.astaro.com/applications/mail-archiving


About Astaro Corporation
Astaro offers the most complete and easy to use Internet security appliances available. Astaro’s award-winning products provide the latest protection with the best total cost of ownership. Software, hardware and virtual appliance offerings provide users the flexibility to meet a wide variety of deployment scenarios. Distributed by a growing worldwide network of more than 2,500 resellers, Astaro products protect over 100,000 networks across 60 countries. Astaro, headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA and Karlsruhe, Germany, offers free downloads of its products at www.astaro.com.


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