Byte And Switch wrote an article quoting IDC analyst Laura DuBois's comments on the increased interest in hosted archiving. The summary is customers are more willing to outsource email archiving instead of doing it themselves.
According to analyst Laura DuBois of IDC, hosted services now comprise 40 percent of an overall email archiving market that reached $477 million in 2006 revenues. And while the ratio of services to email archiving products isn't clearly changing, spending on services will grow just as fast as product spending -- over 40 percent this year, IDC expects.
Some users have compared services to products and find it economically more viable to go with the hosted approach," she says. The shorter implementation time, truly imperative when litigation looms, often tips the scales in favor of services, she notes.