By Kevin Komiega
-- Mimosa Systems began shipping a new version of its NearPoint archiving platform today with a slew of enhancements that make it easier to get in and out of enterprise e-mail, file and SharePoint archives.
The latest release, NearPoint 4.0, includes new features for speedy eDiscovery in enterprise deployments and support for multiple data capture methods, according to Scott Whitney, Mimosa's vice president of product management.
Whitney says the new NearPoint enhancements decrease the time to identify, collect and preserve data using workflow tools, search automation and federation across geographies and domains, and scheduled searches that can automatically populate a case with new content received into the archive.
In addition, NearPoint 4.0 features unified eDiscovery across e-mail, file system, and SharePoint content.
Mimosa is also taking archive access offline. The company has added offline data access to e-mail and file system content via a secure cache and integrated NearPoint 4.0 with Windows Desktop Search (WDS) to present active and archived content in a single view.
With NearPoint 4.0, Mimosa is adding multiple data capture methods for Microsoft Exchange. The platform now leverages Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to speed the log application process.
The archive also offers a Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) option combined with Exchange Journaling. Whitney says customers can choose a MAPI configuration as an alternative to Continuous Application Shadowing.
NearPoint 4.0 includes the MAPI option despite Mimosa's stance that using it to build an archive is inefficient.
"Up to now, we have taken the position that using MAPI as the primary capture methodology can be a challenge primarily because it's an agent that sits on Exchange to build the historical archive," says Whitney.
However, he says, the MAPI option is useful in certain scenarios, such as capturing data from remote workers.
"That component is useful and can span the content you want to get into the archive, but it's heavy. You have to be careful how and when you use it," says Whitney.
Mimosa plans to add more data sources in the coming months, including device snapshots, backup copies, Exchange Web Services (EWS) and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP).
NearPoint 4.0 is priced on a per-user basis. The software costs about $40 per user. Mimosa discounts the per-seat license as the number of users grows past 2,000.