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Society installs e-mail archive for continuity

Cliff Saran

Market Harborough Building Society has installed an e-mail archiving system to replicate its Exchange e-mail server as part of a business continuity project.

The implementation, due to be completed this quarter, will simplify restoring the Exchange database, the company said.

With the bulk of its e-mails stored in an archive, Neil Williams, the society's assistant general manager for IT, said it would be easier to replicate Exchange to its disaster recovery site.

The business continuity project represents the latest stage in the society's e-mail archiving strategy, which began in 2003 when the building society began using e-mail archiving from Zantaz for regulatory compliance.

"We have to keep a copy of every e-mail," Williams said. "The Zantaz EAS software stores all e-mail messages. The Exchange server simply holds a link to the archive database."

By using a single data store for messages, rather than each end-user having their own inbox stored separately, Williams said he had been able to reduce the storage requirements for the society's e-mail system.

"Just before the move, our mail box was 3Gbytes and we had 1.5Gbytes of data in public folders. Using Zantaz, the mailbox is now less than 100Mbytes and the public folder is less than 30Mbytes."


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