While EMC’s (site) SourceOne suite of modular integrated software enables email management, archiving, records management, search and eDiscovery, the company says it is expanding it to enable users make a speedier and more efficient move to Microsoft Exchange 2010.
Although EMC is consistently working to improve on its information infrastructure technology, SourceOne's extension of Exchange 2010 could be a game-changer in the eDiscovery market segment. Even Gartner in its recent MarketScope for E-Discovery Software Product Vendors report has given it a thumbs up.
The result is that EMC continues lead the charge on eDiscovery technology — something it had signaled last September with the acquisition of Kazeon (site). With email management and archiving a core element of current information management, the SourceOne suite should play a central role in developing that market for them.
Easing the Upgrade to Exchange 2010
Let’s take a quick look. The first thing to say in this respect is that EMC's SourceOne is Exchange 2010-ready out of the box and extends the archiving, retention and eDiscovery features of Exchange’s email management abilities.
SourceOne has the ability to take large quantities of PSR files and emails that have been inactive for long periods of time out of both Exchange 2003 and 2007 and place them in SoureOne’s business archive before users make the move to Exchange 2010.
These files are easily accessible and can be stored with specific retention and destruction schedules. The beauty of this is that they do not need to be moved across to Exchange 2010 which greatly eases the problems of migration.
In effect, what it does is improve the performance of Exchange 2010 by applying single-instance storage for messages in the archive, by automating the migration of messages to the appropriate location and by reducing backup and recovery times.
EMC, Kazeon And SourceOne
The other element that EMC has just introduced is EMC SourceOne eDiscovery — Kazeon based on the Kazeon’s eDiscovery Fourth Generation software, which was released last May (just before EMC bought the vendor in September).
Again, focusing on email management, Kazeon provides three principal products, integrated within a single, underlying software platform, aiming to ensure a smooth workflow. They include:
- Analysis & Review: Capabilities include patented analytics, concept extraction and search.
- Collection & Culling: The identification of ESI based on case requirements.
- Legal Hold Management: Fully indexed or index-less targeted collection, and a forensically sound and defensible collection from any source.
Searching through emails, SourceOne Kazeon automates the identification, collection and preservation of electronically stored information (ESI) that resides "in the wild", tags it for legal hold and places it in a protected repository under user-defined retention and destruction policies.
Already on the market, EMC says the purpose of developing the SourceOne Exchange 2010 capabilities in the first place was to enable organizations to develop complete, actionable information governance strategies with email management as one of the core elements.
If you’re concerned with rampant emails getting out of control, it might well be worth checking out.