Toronto, ON (PRWEB) January 28, 2008
Fortiva Inc. a leading provider of on-demand email archiving, today announced the availability of the Fortiva SmartStore™ archive, a cost-effective way for businesses to meet the demands of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), without adding to their existing infrastructure or IT staffing requirements. This Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution allows businesses to centrally archive all email, enforce policies and litigation holds, perform enterprise search and easily conduct early case assessment, all for the same or less than the cost of storing and managing the data on enterprise storage in-house. SmartStore's stubbing feature can also significantly reduce the demands on Exchange, improving email storage management.
Having effective search and retrieval capabilities for email is increasingly becoming a top priority for businesses. Under the FRCP, all corporate email can be requested for legal discovery. Failing to enforce a consistent retention policy and being unprepared to produce email data within very tight timelines may result in a presumption of guilt, cost millions in fines or settlements and damage credibility.
"If you are storing corporate email, you need to be prepared for e-discovery -- it's that simple," said Rick Dales, VP Product Management, Fortiva. "Businesses should be able to comply with the FRCP requirements and meet e-discovery requests without significantly adding to their current storage costs. As an entry-level archive, SmartStore makes this possible without charging for unnecessary features or placing additional demands on IT."
Over the past year, since changes were made to the FRCP, many businesses have struggled to get a handle on their email for legal discovery. The Fortiva SmartStore email archive provides complete protection for businesses concerned with consistently retaining email for FRCP compliance, eliminating the legal risks of improper email retention and protecting companies from costly data search and retrieval for e-discovery.
"Most companies significantly underestimate the real cost of conducting a search - which is arguably the most important feature of an archive when a discovery request comes in," said Chris Tebo, CTO, Fortiva. "SmartStore allows customers to access sophisticated search tools without the high cost of maintaining the servers required for enterprise-grade search in-house. At the same time, our customers benefit from lower costs resulting from the shared infrastructure of Fortiva's multi-tenant SaaS architecture."
As the only email archiving vendor offering a search time guarantee, Fortiva's flagship archiving offering is recognized for its real-time search capabilities that allow legal or compliance staff to easily conduct advanced e-discovery searches with immediate results. The SmartStore archive removes the costs associated with instantaneous search, while still providing powerful e-discovery capabilities. At any time, SmartStore archive users can upgrade to the full Fortiva Archiving Suite to access real-time search for more intensive e-discovery requirements.
The SmartStore archive includes the following features:
- Multiple redundant encrypted copies of all internal and external email are securely stored at Fortiva's state-of-the-art datacenters;
- All emails are fully indexed and archived according to the customer's retention policy;
- Advanced, enterprise-wide e-Discovery searches can be conducted by legal or IT staff from a web-based browser interface, with results returned in a few hours; real-time search access is available as an option that can be turned on or off at any time;
- Litigation holds can be easily enforced using Fortiva's web-browser based interface;
- Optional attachment stubbing feature allows businesses to reduce their Exchange store by as much as 80 percent by replacing storage-intense attachments with a pointer to the archive that provides seamless access to that information by end users.
Pricing & Availability
Fortiva's SmartStore archive is available now. Pricing for a 1000-user company including storage and licensing fees starts at $1.10 per user, per month (pricing varies according to the amount of storage required). For more information, visit http://www.fortiva.com/smartstore.
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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