Cab firm slashes hardware costs with e-mail archiving

London minicab and courier firm Addison Lee has slashed e-mail backup windows from 12 hours to one, and reduced the amount of storage needed for its Microsoft...

London minicab and courier firm Addison Lee has slashed e-mail backup windows from 12 hours to one, and reduced the amount of storage needed for its Microsoft Exchange mailboxes from 75GB to 5GB.

In the process, it has avoided spending around £50,000 on new IT hardware and software by installing the Mimosa Nearpoint archiving platform.

Mimosa Nearpoint has given Addison Lee a comprehensive e-mail archiving system that maintains a complete up-to-date copy of all Exchange data, while preserving the rich context of all users' mailboxes and public folders.

In addition, because Mimosa integrates seamlessly with Exchange there was no need for Addison Lee to retrain its users - archived items simply appear as another folder in the same familiar Outlook format.

Addison Lee says it selected Nearpoint ahead of rival e-mail archiving systems, including Symantec's Enterprise Vault and CA's Message Manager, based on affordability, fast search capabilities, reliable recovery function and continuous data protection features.

Another deciding factor was that Nearpoint did not require software agents to be deployed on either the Exchange servers or the desktops, making it easier to deploy and maintain.

Paul Caney, IT manager at Addison Lee, said, "Our business remains one of the most competitive in London and we need to keep differentiating to stay ahead of the competition. In terms of resilience and performance, with the next-generation benefits provided by Mimosa Nearpoint, our Exchange Server environment is now on a par with the rest of our IT infrastructure."

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