Email Archieving Best Practices!
archiving has been a best practice for many years across all
industries, but particularly in heavily regulated industries like
financial services, healthcare, energy,
life sciences, government and several others. Organizations have
invested significantly in legacy archiving platforms, many of which no
longer adequately serve their needs in terms of performance, scale,
compliance or feature sets.
organizations must find a way to migrate their archived content to new
platforms, either on-premises or in the cloud. The latter has become
particularly important as a
driver for migration of archived content, since a
growing proportion of organizations are moving to cloud-based
email platforms, most notably Microsoft Office 365.
archive migration is not a simple task: in fact, it’s rather complex
and requires considerable forethought and planning in order to migrate
data reliably while also maintaining the integrity and
preserving the full chain-of-custody for migrated data.
Further complicating any migration effort is the need to maintain
access to archived content for end users and other stakeholders, all
while migrating data within a reasonable timeframe and with as little
impact as possible on normal business operations.
Migrating from Exchange journal archives or other single instance
archive formats to Office 365 – one of the most common types of archive
migrations occurring today –
necessitates a paradigm shift because Office 365 does not use the
single instance format used for the journal archive in Exchange. While
a migration to Office 365 can be performed reliably and in a way that
maintains chain-of-custody, it requires a unique approach that will
minimize the impact on network bandwidth and that will permit an
organization to retain its existing investments in eDiscovery and other
tools. (It is important to note that journal archive migration is
different than migration of user archives, a distinction we discuss in
this white paper
to learn; key reasons to consider a migration, critical issues to think
about during planning & implementation, and the importance of
MSP Strategy Suggestion!
We are delighted by the strong reception we’ve enjoyed introducing the
merger and acquisition conversation into the SMB Nation audience this
past couple of months. Seems like the stars are aligned with key
demographics represented in our recent 2016 Salary Survey. You are a
mature audience and very quickly life is happening before your very
eyes. So your needs are changing from Geek to Grandparent (okay –
that’s a bit of a stretch but there is truth to humor). You proudly are
approaching 20-years in the IT profession.
And you are consciously re-evaluating your life and business strategy.
our 16th annual SMB Nation picnic this past week, M&A was a
conversation amongst the MSPs!
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Competitive Threat to MSPs
You knew it was coming. It arrived in my Inbox as a forwarded email
from SMB Nation community member David Gerhart from Bend, OR. David is
an IT consultant and he received a “lead” from LinkedIn’s new
ProFinder service (which I consdier a start-up). LinkedIn has always
had the underutilized asset of millions of details on millions of
people. It’s discovering ways that it can now offer a plethora of new
professional services including training (see my blog how LinkedIn’s
Lynda competes with Microsoft Learning Partners here) And rest assured
I’ve kept an eagle-eye on LinkedIn for years including having attended
its world launch Cocktail Mixer Party in Seattle in November 2014.
LinkedIn ProFinder challenges MSPs in a couple of fronts. First – there
are spot buyers of IT services in the SMB space who don’t want or
understand the value of a long-term contract. Second - there are
existing MSPs customers who will re-evaluate their needs as they
understand what LinkedIn ProFinder is. They might possibly bump into it
in a different realm, perhaps trying to out Angie on Angie’s List for
some minor repairs.
And this is a threat to labor markets like OnForce as LinkedIn, using
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Weekly Webinar: Free Consulting Hour
Join us for our free consulting hour (bring your questions) webinar
this Thursday, August 18th at
Noon Pacific. Visit and register here.