Trend Micro has entered the email archiving market, releasing server-based software and a Microsoft Outlook plug-in client that lets users archive their email and conduct authorised searches.
The Trend Micro Message Archiver, which runs on Windows 2003, is intended for businesses with up to 1,000 users, with storage typically allotted to about half a gigabyte per user, per year. That can be extended, however, says Trend Micro product marketing manager Chris Taylor.
"This takes all internal and external mail and archives it efficiently," Taylor says.
Trend Micro, which says it acquired some technology for its Message Archiver from a German-based firm it would not name, hopes the security controls built into the product will prompt mid-size companies to take a closer look.
Message Archiver has a feature called Data Guardian, which allows an authorised individual to be notified every time someone searches the email archives.
"Every time a search is made of the archive, the person making a legal, authorised search has to submit the reason," Taylor says. In addition, IT staff are not authorised to look at other people's email. That and other controls are intended to ensure that the email archiving meets regulatory compliance requirements for data protection.