By Kevin Komiega
-- Mimosa Systems, which is primarily known for data protection, e-mail and file archiving software, is extending its reach into the fast-growing Microsoft SharePoint archiving market with the debut of Mimosa NearPoint for SharePoint.
The NearPoint for SharePoint software offers content archiving, data protection and eDiscovery support for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. NearPoint for SharePoint features include full capture of all SharePoint content, the ability to recover individual items or complete sites, and global single instancing across SharePoint, Exchange e-mail, and file system content within the Mimosa NearPoint archive.
The product includes integrated search and in-place legal holds across SharePoint, Exchange and file system content and optional placeholders within SharePoint to access previous versions of archived content.
According to Microsoft, SharePoint has experienced year-over-year growth of 35%, with 85 million licensed seats shipped to 17,000 customers since its introduction. Barry Murphy, director of product marketing for Mimosa, says widespread proliferation of SharePoint farms is creating challenges for enterprises trying to protect SharePoint content, control storage costs, and preserve and search content repositories for eDiscovery purposes.
"Use of SharePoint has grown wildly as a lot of companies standardize on the platform as a content management system, but it can grow out of control," says Murphy. "Distributed deployments lead to eDiscovery and compliance risks. Maintaining consistent retention policies is also a challenge. That's why there is a real opportunity for a new approach to SharePoint archiving and management."
As an example of Mimosa's "new approach," the NearPoint software stores incremental data versus full instances of documents, which allows for storage capacity savings. "That is something we are bringing to SharePoint that it doesn't have today," says Murphy.
Mimosa NearPoint for SharePoint is configured and sold as a standalone product, or as part of the Mimosa NearPoint content archiving suite with pricing starting at $40 per user.