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EMC Extends MS Exchange, Adds Email Disaster Recovery

EMC and Microsoft can’t seem to get enough of each other. This time, EMC (site) is using a new API that came with Exchange 2010, extending the Exchange platform and offering back-up and disaster recovery for it.

Announced recently as a continuation of its “deep engineering” work with Microsoft, EMC is using Exchange’s Replication API not only to provide disaster and recovery solutions but also to add synchronous replication to Exchange.

By adding EMC’s Replication Enabler to the Exchange environment, EMC is giving companies an added layer of back-up, and by automating it ensures that in the event of a systems failure email will still be available across the enterprise.

Exchange's Replication API

This is the first time that a company outside of the direct Microsoft family has made use of the Replication API that came with the recently released Exchange Server 2010. In doing so, EMC has been able to considerably extend the reach of its data and recovery tools.

There are three new tools:

  • Replication Enabler for MS Exchange Server 2010: Enables integration of synchronous replication into the Exchange environment and supports EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Replication and MirrorView Remote Synch replication.
  • EMC Autostart: Provides infrastructure monitoring and automated restart for MES 2010 and is particularly useful and aimed at enterprises with geographically distant data centers.
  • Replication Manager: Provides point-in-time replicas of information lost in databases located on EMC arrays.

Consulting Services

EMC is also offering consulting services to enterprises that are looking to deploy or upgrade to Exchange Server, which was introduced last November, as well as for those that are looking to deploy Microsoft’s holistic communications strategy, Microsoft Unified Communications (MUC).

Exchange Server 2010 is corner-stone of that strategy, which aims to manage all asynchronous communications and delivers unified messaging (e-mail, voice mail, faxes, and calendaring) to users directly.

While EMC is not the only company to offer services for Exchange 2010 — Dell (site) started offering migration services in November — by providing comprehensive back-up disaster recovery, they are likely to be amongst the most popular.

EMC Extends Exchange 2010, Adding Archiving, Retention and eDiscovery

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.