Message Archiver Eliminates Need for PST Files

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-04-28 Print this article Print

Barracuda's Message Archiver archives calendar items, contacts and tasks from Microsoft Exchange and is the first appliance-based package to deliver all this data storage capability, the company says.

Barracuda Networks, which makes highly secure storage arrays aimed at small and midsize businesses, said April 27 it has upgraded its message archiving apparatus to include all Microsoft Exchange functionality.

Barracuda's Message Archiver now can archive calendar items, contacts and tasks from Exchange and is the first appliance-based package to deliver all this capability, Product Manager Aseem Asthana told eWEEK.

Message archiving is a fast-growing segment of data storage. This kind of archive stores business-related information from SMS (Short Message Service), instant messaging and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, for legal, compliance and analytics purposes.

The key benefit of archiving e-mail separately is that this enables administrators to eliminate the use of bulky, hard-to-handle .pst (personal storage table) files that can only be accessed by Exchange.

Created in Exchange Server, .pst files contain e-mails, calendar items, contacts and tasks and are typically stored on a user's computer to reduce the amount of data stored on the server. For a long time, enterprises have been looking for ways to eliminate .pst files because they are hard to manage and prone to corruption, and pose a security risk if accessed by an unauthorized user.

"Barracuda Message Archiver's ability to archive calendar items, contacts and tasks in addition to e-mails [allows] administrators to import all items stored in a .pst file directly to the appliance for much easier search and retrieval," Asthana said.

At the same time, offloading all Exchange data to the Message Archiver significantly improves Exchange e-mail server performance by allowing administrators to better manage the size of mailboxes, Asthana said.

The new Barracuda function works alongside the Message Archiver's Exchange stubbing feature, designed to help administrators minimize a user's Exchange storage footprint. Using this function, storage administrators can increase system efficiency by moving often-bulky e-mail attachments from the Exchange server to the Message Archiver.

A digital stub, which points to the attachment in the Archiver, replaces the attachment in the Exchange server to save capacity. Recovery of the attachment when needed is instantaneous, Asthana said.

Exchange, even though it is often described by administrators and channel sellers as a beast to manage, continues to be the most widely used e-mail application in the world.

A study by Osterman Research published April 28 reported that 44 percent of surveyed Exchange users with 1,000 or more mailboxes plan to upgrade to Exchange 2010 in the next 18 months.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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