Fortiva Provides Best-in-Class e-Discovery Capabilities for Email According to Leading Analyst Firm’s Maturity Class Framework

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Aberdeen Group shows Best-in-Class companies save an average of 38% on legal discovery costs.

Fortiva Inc., a leading provider of on-demand email archiving, offers Best-in-Class e-discovery capabilities for email, as defined by the Aberdeen Group.

The report, "e-Discovery and Message Archiving: Can Your Business Afford to Be Served," states that to achieve Best-in-Class Status, companies must recover archived data in less than one hour and respond to legal discovery requests within the requested timeframe over 80% of the time. As the only email archiving provider in the industry that offers a real-time search guarantee, Fortiva ensures that customers can consistently meet both requirements for e-discovery of email records.

According to the report, Best-in-Class companies save an average of 38 percent in legal discovery costs over the course of a lawsuit. The benefits extend further, with 91 percent of those companies reporting that they avoided paying fines or losing legal proceedings as a result of their e-Discovery processes.

“Company litigation risks for email have increased dramatically as a result of new government regulations such as the December 2006 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) amendment,” said Ralph A. Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Technology Research, Aberdeen Group. “We are advising businesses to review their data, message and record recovery service level agreements to ensure they can access data in a reasonable timeframe. By offering an archive with a real-time search guarantee, Fortiva can play a key role in helping businesses to reduce the potential risks and costs of e-discovery because these costs are going up not down overtime.”

Despite the clear benefits involved with having a solid process for e-discovery, the study also noted that more than half (59 %) of respondents have no e-discovery strategy in place. This finding illustrates the lack of priority e-discovery is taking in the majority of organizations.

“FRCP regulations and increased e-discovery costs are driving this issue further up the list of priorities; however, for many companies, it can still be difficult to justify the cost of an archive that may only be used once or twice a year for legal reasons,” said Eric Goodwin, CEO, Fortiva. “The result is that many companies find substandard solutions or they do nothing at all. We addressed this concern by offering an entry-level SmartStore archive which gives businesses the option of turning on Best-in-Class features on-demand if necessary, without paying to manage and maintain those levels of service on an ongoing basis.”

About Fortiva
Fortiva is the leading provider of on-demand email archiving solutions for Microsoft Exchange providing storage reduction, legal discovery and regulatory compliance. With a global data center presence, Fortiva delivers its enterprise-grade solutions through a strong network of strategic partnerships, including Bell Canada, Mercury Technologies, MessageLabs, and Microsoft Online Services. Fortiva is a privately-owned company, with investment from Cargill Ventures, Ventures West and McLean Watson Capital. For more information, visit http://www.fortiva.com.

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