Email (and more) archiving solution which brings some complexity in - use only if really needed
Mar 08, 2018
Used the software for: 2+ years
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Pros: This product addresses the business need of archiving, and is specifically aimed at email archiving and sharepoint. We have been using it in order to reduce the size of the huge Exchange mailboxes of our users. We did not look into sharepoint archiving much. Emails or other Exchange items are replaced with a stub, which is a pointer to the database where the real item has been moved. Another 'light' option is to remove only attachments and replace them with stubs. Either way, the product works fine and enables the admins to reduce the exchange mailbox footprint. My doubts are more related to the real need of implementing such a complex piece of technology, since nowadays Exchange offers online archive which is a way easier solution to the same issue.
Cons: Issues appear from time to time, as stubs cannot be retrieved. Another issue is also that at times business need will want to bring all the items back (reinflate the mailbox), which may be tricky for huge mailboxes. The jobs will run for a long time, producing a huge amounts of logs in exchange, which will put your partitions at risk and could bring the database offline in certain cases. Updates to the product can be tricky, we had to involve EMC consultants for various days at some point.
Overall: reduce storage footprint on exchange server, but at some cost.