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Mimosa to Move Beyond Mail

Mimosa Systems hopes to turn its email archiving system into a document management platform, and it's taken the first steps toward that mission in its latest release.

Mimosa's NearPoint for Microsoft Exchange Server 2.0 has two new optional add-on packages, one called eDiscovery for in-depth searching of email by lawyers, and another dubbed Compliance Storage Option that runs on external storage gear -- starting with EMC's Centera content addressed storage (CAS) system.

The new options are further proof, say Mimosa execs, that NearPoint's way of treating Exchange metadata makes it good not just for archiving and indexing email but for full-fledged document management, which the company hopes to release within 6 to 9 months.

According to CEO T.M. Ravi, NearPoint's ability to "get it all" through transaction-based archiving of metadata and the addition of CDP enabled the new workflow and collaboration features in eDiscovery. "We capture the full content... the full context of email," he says. So instead of producing an email message alone in court, lawyers can offer a list of people who accessed the email, when they did so, and the users' associated messages.

One customer, law firm Kirton & McConkie of Salt Lake City, seems pleased with NearPoint's new modules. "[W]e can now empower our internal auditors to easily and quickly conduct granular searches on their own, alleviating the burden on our IT staff while preserving individuals' privacy," said Joel Woodall, network administrator, in a prepared statement. Before adopting NearPoint, Woodall says, mailbox sizes, lengthening backup windows, and projected recovery time extensions were burdening his group. By adding PST file elimination and workflow functions, Mimosa has changed that profile and reduced Exchange storage by 84 percent, he says.

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