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Monday, December 22, 2008

Piecast: Email archiving market to double by 2011

Several trends for 2009-2011 in the email archiving market.

First, the market for archiving will expand from $600 million today to $1.5 billion by 2011. This is seen in pie chart top left, and is predicted by Osterman Research.

Second, 60% of this growth will occur in the small to medium enterprise segment, with more than 70% choosing a hosted service instead of on premise software. The second and third pies indicate this trend.

Sonian's hosted email archiving service will get a big percentage of the archiving pie. :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Perspective: Of power plants and server rooms

Would you want to be responsible for generating your own electricity? Probably not. Soon the question will be do you want to be responsible for managing your own compute infrastructure? Over time you will decide "probably not."
It's not such a leap to anticipate in the coming years managing a Windows server or an email server on Linux might not be the best use of your IT budget given more pressing problems to be solved. Software as a Service, powered by cloud compute infrastructure, is the next big wave of IT innovation rushing to our shores. With cloud compute, you let others manage your base infrastructure and pay for the resources you consume. The costs scale linear to usage, and you can focus on the more value-add applications to your organization's needs.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Backup versus Archive: Redux

This is not your archive.

This is your backup, maintained in the event you need to recover a file or an entire server. Backups are tape libraries or backup to disk infrastructures. They are not designed for investigative search or analysis.

Archive and backup are cousins to each other, with archive providing the search, e-discovery and work flow capabilities that backup systems do not. Maybe some day in the future combined systems will solve both problems, but the state of the art today is separate systems, with backup maintained on premise, and archive hosted on cloud compute infrastructure.

Local backup and hosted archive is the "win win" scenario IT needs to save money, provide actionable intelligence, and solve the dual needs of search and data recovery.