Email has become the main structured tool for holding key business information and as such is a critical tool for any company. Research indicates that in much of an organization’s corporate knowledge is contained within the email server.
While this usage endorses email as a “killer app”, it also has some “killer” side effects: it creates significant storage issues for users and IT administrators, and the disparate repositories makes locating key information both difficult and expensive.
Email volumes are increasing regularly, and as a result email is one of the largest contributors to the storage problem facing organizations today.
Email systems were never intended to manage and archive large volumes of business data on long term storage. With the increasing volume of email circulating within corporate email systems, combined with user mailbox size limits, administrators are now struggling with the management of email systems space, long-term backup strategies, as well as effective email retrieval.