Data management software maker Mimosa Systems said Jan. 29 that it has expanded platform coverage for its browser-based NearPoint 2.1 e-mail archiving product from Microsoft Exchange Server to include support for Mac OS, most Linux distributions, and for RIM BlackBerry, Windows Mobile 5 and Palm OS-based handheld devices.
Mimosa CEO T.M. Ravi told eWEEK that NearPoint 2.1 provides the IT industrys first support for e-mail archiving and legal discovery for handheld wireless devices.
NearPoint provides immediate mailbox and message recovery, disaster recovery, e-mail archiving and self-service search and access in one package. "This platform expansion enables "anytime, anywhere access to archived e-mail from any platform," Ravi said.
Users access their Mimosa Archive from within native and third-party mail and Internet browsers.
Mimosa Email archive access is supported from the Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Entourage browsers and on the Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail clients, Ravi said.
"Mobile messaging carries with it an enormous potential for improving the productivity of individuals in the workplace by freeing them from a desktop computer," said Michael Osterman, president and founder, Osterman Research.
"By providing secure search and access to a vast history of e-mail from mobile devices, Mimosa is enabling everyday mobile road warriors to be more productive and is empowering the organization to speed business decision making and improve work flow," Osterman said.
Osterman estimates that 41 percent of workplace e-mail users will be using mobile messaging devices by 2009.
"However, normal e-mail access on mobile devices is usually just a small subset of the users current e-mail, such as the last 10 days," Osterman said.
To improve the productivity of this growing number of mobile messaging device users, Mimosa NearPoints support for BlackBerry, Palm and Windows Mobile 5 devices allows users to search and access any e-mails across a history of time, including deleted messages, Osterman said.
"This allows mobile user productivity to soar by putting all of their e-mail information at their fingertips," he added.
Mimosa NearPoint features, as listed by the company, include:
- Quick Search: Users can securely search and access their historical and deleted content, for keywords and phrases found in e-mail headers, bodies and attachments.
- Extended Message Access: Mimosa NearPoint extended and migrated e-mail-migrated as old and large e-mail content off Exchange and on to the lower-cost NearPoint archive-is now accessible by users from a variety of platforms.
- Mobile Legal Discovery: Mimosa enables corporate security officers and legal counsel on mobile devices and heterogeneous desktops, to search and access archived messages across mailboxes, to support legal discovery from anywhere.
- Deleted Item Restores: NearPoint allows users of mobile messaging devices to restore messages found by searching their e-mail archive, back to their "inbox."
"Enabling secure search and access to historical electronic business records by different stakeholders in the organization helps drive significant improvement in corporate productivity and business performance," Ravi said.
The new Mimosa NearPoint cross platform support is available now in version 2.1 of Mimosa NearPoint for Exchange.
Privately held Mimosa Systems, founded in 2003, has 120 employees and is based in Santa Clara, Calif., with a location in Pune, India.
Pricing for Mimosa NearPoint starts at $9,995 for 100 mailboxes. For environments over 2,000 mailboxes, pricing is $40 per mailbox.