While most of the focus surrounding the flood of new and reinterpreted laws regulating corporate emails has been on large companies and institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises are under as much, if not more pressure, according to email archiving software firm KVS Inc.
The Berkshire, U.K.-based company will announce next week that it is partnering with Network Engines Inc. to produce email compliance appliances [ed. note: say that three times fast!] aimed at enterprises with fewer than 1,000 employees.
We feel this is a really good approach for smaller companies, says Mary Kay Roberto, VP and general manager of KVS's North America division. They have the same requirements as the larger companies, [but] they generally have very limited resources.
In addition to smaller budgets, small and medium-sized enterprises also tend to have smaller, and not always very sophisticated, technical staffs. While KVS has more than 500 customers for its standalone Enterprise Vault software products -- some with tens of thousands of employees -- Roberto says many smaller companies have been frustrated at the complexity of configuring their environments themselves.
"Theyve been asking, If I buy the software, what kind of server do I need? How much storage, et cetera? " she says. "For the smaller customers, having to address each of the individual elements made the process more difficult."