Since the rise of archiving systems in business more than a decade ago in response to storage concerns on Exchange servers, the technology has gone through some very impressive growth and technological improvements. The need for archiving systems is also growing with increasingly stringent regulations and litigation procedures.
Messaging systems such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2016—Microsoft's latest version of Exchange Server—have also seen their share of changes and improvements in archiving and compliance.
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Over time, archiving products have evolved significantly. They have gone from simple storage-size-reduction software to sophisticated enterprise content-management systems that not only offer storage management for Exchange servers but have moved beyond email to managing filesystems, SharePoint, third-party email and collaboration solutions, and even databases. Don't be intimidated by archiving products; they can resolve many pain points in your organization; in some ways, they can even be seen as an insurance policy.
One of the main things to understand is that the way business communications are handled has drastically changed ...