Mimosa Adds Files to Archiving Mix

Mimosa Systems has unveiled a new file system archiving tool that promises to improve retention, retrieval and recovery of files, e-mail, instant messaging and other content.

It’s called NearPoint File Systems Archiving (FSA), which the company claims will boost storage efficiencies and cut costs. How so? The system keeps just one “global” instance of a document for e-discovery and retention purposes, and lets enterprises move user files off high-cost arrays, according to the five-year-old Santa Clara-based data management solution provider.

NearPoint FSA is Mimosa’s latest addition to its product line focused on e-mail information archiving, e-discovery, regulatory compliance, business continuity and storage optimization.

Sound file archiving technology could be a huge help for companies juggling growing data loads and storage requirements. As user files are typically strewn across desktops and servers, file archiving traditionally ends up on costly front-line storage for a few reasons. For starters, there is a need for quick access. And moving files to cheaper storage boxes can be a real time-sink in enterprise costs.

Also, enterprises are trying to eschew today’s usual file archiving approach of “stubbing” for an improved system. The technology, which basically creates a file extension object of a file, is susceptible to corruption. In order to avoid file loss, enterprises traditionally keep files on front-line storage, usually the most expensive in a system.

Mimosa’s stubbing technology, however, not only eliminates the corruption issue, but also offers greater archiving flexibility, according to the vendor.

NearPoint FSA lets enterprise set policies to move documents to cheaper storage based on various criteria such as size, age, access date and type. Users can use a stub, not use a stub or use a URL tag without affecting information accessibility or availability. Administrators can then leave the much smaller stubbed files on the file system. That provides close access while also freeing up storage resources.

“Archiving files with stubs is one of the rare technologies that delivers both business and technology benefits, as it helps enterprise meet compliance needs and also leads to lower-cost storage benefits,” said Brian Babineau, an analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. “It’s inefficient and expensive to save all unstructured information on primary file servers.”

The e-mail archiving market is expected to nearly quadruple from today’s $1.7 billion by 2012, according to one study.

According to IDC, Zantaz is the current global market leader in content archiving and electronic discovery solutions. Yet as Zantaz has just 25 percent share, there is plenty of room for big competitors such as Symantec and EMC and startups to grab customer base.

Such an open industry bodes well for enterprises, since competition drives innovation, say industry watchers.

“They’re [Mimosa] a fresh new face that’s getting good traction as they have a secret sauce,” said Carolyn DiCenzo, a Gartner analyst.

Not only does Mimosa’s technology provide file archiving capabilities, the tool also provides continuous data protection (CDP) for Exchange environments, explained the analyst.

“For those in the mid-market who don’t have a recovery or CDP tool, that’s a differentiator,” said DiCenzo.

Article courtesy of Internet News

Judy Mottl
Judy Mottl is an experienced technology journalist who has served as a senior editor, reporter, writer, and blogger for InformationWeek, Investors Business Daily, CNET, and Information Security Magazine, as well as other media outlets.

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