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Iron Mountain Makes Email Move

Iron Mountain will unveil a managed service for email at the Cebit show Monday, part of a major overhaul of its strategy for handling digital data.

Digital archiving has been something of a sore spot for Iron Mountain. (See Iron Mountain Marches On.) Last week, the vendor admitted that this part of its business is losing money, and it described some of the technology challenges it has faced developing its archive systems. (See Iron Mountain Reports Q4.)

The vendor is now pinning its hopes on managed email and a mysterious storage grid code-named "Bedrock" in an attempt to turn its fortunes around.

The managed service, called Active Archiving for Email, is a rebranding of MessageOne's EMS Archive offering, and it uses a software agent in Outlook to connect end users to MessageOne data centers. (See Energizing Exchange.)

CIOs and IT managers can set their own policies for archiving emails, says Sean Hegarty, product manager for Iron Mountain's digital archive. This could involve, for example, archiving any emails that are larger than 1 Mbyte or more than 30 days old, he says.

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