Managing the storage of emails & other messaging data is a unique challenge that requires unique solutions. In addition to the explosive growth of email boxes and the amount of data they contain, new legal requirements are evolving regarding the archival & retention of these messages.
Some strategies for controlling and managing email storage growth, such as restricting mailbox sizes, can create more headaches than they cure. Limiting mailbox sizes can cause .PST files to be stored on local machines, which oftentimes result in lost email, affecting performance and burdening IT departments even more than if there were no restrictions in the first place.
Evolving case law regarding ESI (electronically stored information), industry-specific regulations, privacy acts, and other changes in standards related to litigation has made the efficient archival of messaging stores even more difficult. IT departments must have retention policies that are legally justifiable, be able to “freeze” data in response to legal holds, and produce audit reports and emails in a timely manner.
CommVault’s archival solutions provide a robust way to implement a multi-tiered storage and retention infrastructure that simplifies management and helps control costs with QoS management policies.