As Iron Mountain attempts a move from tape archiving to digital managed services, it has joined a multitude of other companies hitching their wagons to the star of e-discovery and email archiving.
The company has partnered with MessageOne to offer its Email Management Services (EMS) package, which includes archiving, security and continuity options that can be combined into one service or broken out separately for users. MessageOne claims that more than 1 million mailboxes are already archived using its storgae products. Iron Mountain had previously offered a service, Digital Archives, which focused on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance for financial institutions.
The Exchange-only Email Management Suite will run on a Windows 2000 server in the customer's environment and talks directly to the Exchange host to extract messages, performs antivirus and antispam functions, and replicates system-state information for failover, depending on which services the customer has selected.
Iron Mountain will be offering the services as either a three-in-one package or as individual services, priced on a per mailbox, per month subscription basis, as well as per gigabyte (GB) capacity. The entire package, including archiving, security and continuity services, costs $6 per mailbox; archiving as a standalone service, $4 per mailbox; continuity, $3 per mailbox; and security $1.50 per mailbox. On the storage side, after selecting the per mailbox rate, users have the option of prepaying for capacity at $4 per gigabyte or a pay-as-you-grow plan that costs $5 per gigabyte.
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By: Beth Pariseau