PivotStor launches e-mail archiving appliances

By Dave Simpson

—Start-up PivotStor this week took the wraps off an e-mail archiving/management appliance that it hopes to differentiate from multiple vendors' point products with an "all-in-one" bundled configuration that includes a number of software functions, including archiving, anti-spam and anti-virus protection, encryption, and digital signatures.

Under the EP-Ware umbrella term, the EP-Series appliances include the following applications integrated with a common interface:

  • EP-Filter, which prevents spam and viruses from reaching mailboxes (and reduces the workload on e-mail servers);
  • EP-Archive copies, indexes, classifies, and archives filtered e-mail by user accounts and includes single-instancing functionality for eliminating redundant attachments;
  • EP-Secure encrypts and digitally signs incoming/outgoing e-mails for security; and
  • EPC allows users to control spam.

The software also includes online search and functionality for achieving compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II, UK Data Protection Act, and others.

Pricing starts at $1,250 for a desktop model (bundled with Intel-based hardware) with support for up to 50 users and five licenses for each application. The appliances are also available in higher-capacity 1U and 2U rack-mount configurations. The company claims that the appliances can process up to 830,000 e-mails per day. PivotStor sells exclusively through the channel.

The EP-Series of e-mail archiving appliances is the second product line announced by the start-up. Earlier this year, PivotStor began selling a series of tape automation products based on half-height LTO-4 technology. The libraries feature capacity up to 154TB (96 tapes at 1.6TB each), up to four half-height LTO-4 drives per library in 4U or 8U form-factors, throughput up to 1.7TB per hour in dual-drive configurations, and point-to-point bandwidth up to 3Gbps in SAS configurations (which are due next month). Pricing for the tape libraries starts at less than $13,000.

This article was originally published on March 14, 2008