Symantec Enterprise Vault Meets Microsoft BPOS
Symantec, as expected, has launched Symantec Enterprise Vault 9.0 and Enterprise Vault Discovery Controller technology. The effort includes support for Microsoft’s BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) SaaS platform. The new Enterprise Vault could be a welcome release for partners and customers who are concerned about recent BPOS outages and system access problems. Here’s a closer look at Symantec’s efforts.
Enterprise Vault 9.0 is designed to help organizations “store, manage and discover” information inside the enterprise. Vault 9.0 comes with the compliance standards and search technology you’d expect from previous versions, along with a new feature that combines emails from Microsoft Hosted Exchange with already archived content sources into one central repository. The focus is on cost reduction, storage reduction, and improved on-premise archive and e-discovery, Symantec says.
The feature list in Version 9.0 includes:
- Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) support.
- Enterprise Vault Discovery Accelerator adds deduplication
- Symantec FileStore appliance support provides organizations with an end-to-end solution for information management and protection in traditional and cloud storage environments.
- Integration with NetBackup: For organizations using Symantec NetBackup
Symantec is also including new support for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1, SharePoint 2010 and Domino 8.5.1. All of this comes under the guise of Symantec’s ramped up Information Management Strategy, designed to help organizations delete what they don’t need confidently, and recover what they need when they need it.
The new Enterprise Vault arrives as some Microsoft BPOS customers and partners worry about recent Microsoft cloud outages. Customers didn’t lose data during the Microsoft outages, but Enterprise Vault could give CIOs added peace of mind as they consider Microsoft’s SaaS and cloud platforms, The VAR Guy’s blog team believes.
Meanwhile, Symantec finally seems to be blending its on-premises messaging with cloud messaging. Although some Wall Street analysts remain skeptical of Symantec’s business plan, we’ve noticed Symantec gaining some momentum on the Hosted Services front while continuing to launch on-premise offerings. We expect that trend to continue during Symantec Partner Engage, a channel conference scheduled for early November in Las Vegas, Nev.