By Kevin Komiega
-- Iron Mountain has acquired archiving software maker Mimosa Systems for $112 million in cash, giving the company an on-premise archiving option that complements Iron Mountain's cloud-based archiving service.
According to Iron Mountain, the acquisition will give customers the option of choosing Mimosa's NearPoint platform for onsite archiving or Iron Mountain's Total Email Management Suite to archive e-mail data in the cloud.
With NearPoint, Iron Mountain can now capture and manage a broader range of enterprise information from desktop PCs and laptops as well as from company repositories such as e-mail stores, SharePoint servers and file systems.
Mimosa's most recent version of NearPoint, which began shipping last June, includes a set of features that make it easier to get in and out of enterprise e-mail, file and SharePoint archives.
Mimosa NearPoint 4.0 includes features for speedy eDiscovery in enterprise deployments and support for multiple data capture methods, which decrease the time it takes 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.
Mimosa also 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.
The platform uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to speed the log application process and offers a Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) option combined with Exchange Journaling.
Iron Mountain will retain the Mimosa team as part of Iron Mountain Digital. The president and CEO of Mimosa Systems, T. M. Ravi, will assume the role of chief marketing officer for Iron Mountain Digital, responsible for all marketing functions and helping to drive strategy planning and execution for Iron Mountain Digital.