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Outsourcers Beef Up Email Archives

When it comes to email archiving, outsourcing is getting to be a major business. And providers are beefing up security and compliance in an effort to win more customers away from "do it yourself."

According to The Radicati Group Inc., email archiving services make up about 29 percent of the current archiving market -- $134 million compared to $331 million for archiving products this year. Services and products are growing at about the same rate, and with Radicati forecasting the email archiving market to increase to $4.4 billion by 2009, theres plenty of room for both to grow.

Both methods have their advantages. Outsourced archiving allows companies to get up and running faster without the need to buy new hardware and software. Outsourcing also makes it easier to add new users, even when they’re remote.

On the other hand, doing it themselves gives organizations more control over their email archives. It’s easier to customize, change policies, and integrate with other document archiving applications. And companies that already have extra capacity on hand can often save money by using products instead of outsourcing.

Organizations looking to go the product route have more alternatives when it comes to suppliers. The list of email archiving vendors includes:

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