So you want to archive our enterprise data? Well, let's see where you fall on Gartner's magic square...

Surprise, surprise, the execs want someone SaaSy


Mimecast headed up a crew of the usual suspects – which included Proofpoint and Microsoft – in the leaders' square of the latest Gartner magic quadrant that ranks enterprise information archivers.

Enterprise Information Archiving is mostly email retention, but the analyst includes instant messaging, SMS, the business's Facebook and Twitter feeds, data stored in EFSS (enterprise file synchronization and sharing) platforms – such as Dropbox and the like – and even voice.

The mages said the majority of organisations it talked to were now using SaaS for updating or buying in messaging data archiving implementations, with plenty of people getting directives from on high to "reduce" on-premises infrastructure. It didn't name names, as ever, but pointed out that "typically, costs range from $3 to $15 per user, per month for SaaS offerings, and $20 to $60 per user per month for on-premises solutions for messaging content".

Archiving is a mature market, but it won't surprise any of our readers to learn that machine learning data has also made its inevitable appearance in this year's report.

The MQ chart listed London-headquartered archiver Mimecast on top with five other suppliers in the leaders' quadrant; Barracuda swims on its own in the challengers' box; and there are three niche players and three visionaries. Google's Vault numbered among those in the niche cube – according to the paranormal polygon wranglers its archiving product was a "comparably expensive add-on for G Suite Basic" if archiving was your primary use case.

Gartner_IA_MQ_Dec_2018

A comparison with a December 2016 edition shows Mimecast has stuck at the top of the leaders' crowd for two years, but Veritas and ZL swapped respective places in visionaries and leaders. By way of explanation, Gartner said that Veritas's Enterprise Vault.cloud had fallen behind rivals for "ease of use and user access as organizations move from on-premises to SaaS environments". Its strong "comprehensive content visibility and classification" got a boxtick from the mages, however. Gartner said ZL's users gave it good reviews for product support, scalability, and customisation but added that "product releases delivered behind schedule" was a "pain point cited by clients".

Microfocus was a challenger two years ago but is now a visionary, while Barracuda has done better, progressing from niche player in 2016 to a challenger this year. Of SMB vendor Barracuda, Gartner named with the "completely cloud-based" part of its archiving pitch as a "strength". The analyst cautioned, however, that it "lacks capabilities" for some content types, including business sync file sync-and-share platforms, such as Box and Dropbox.

There's more info on strengths and "cautions" for each supplier here. ®

Similar topics


Other stories you might like

  • Experts: AI should be recognized as inventors in patent law
    Plus: Police release deepfake of murdered teen in cold case, and more

    In-brief Governments around the world should pass intellectual property laws that grant rights to AI systems, two academics at the University of New South Wales in Australia argued.

    Alexandra George, and Toby Walsh, professors of law and AI, respectively, believe failing to recognize machines as inventors could have long-lasting impacts on economies and societies. 

    "If courts and governments decide that AI-made inventions cannot be patented, the implications could be huge," they wrote in a comment article published in Nature. "Funders and businesses would be less incentivized to pursue useful research using AI inventors when a return on their investment could be limited. Society could miss out on the development of worthwhile and life-saving inventions."

    Continue reading
  • Declassified and released: More secret files on US govt's emergency doomsday powers
    Nuke incoming? Quick break out the plans for rationing, censorship, property seizures, and more

    More papers describing the orders and messages the US President can issue in the event of apocalyptic crises, such as a devastating nuclear attack, have been declassified and released for all to see.

    These government files are part of a larger collection of records that discuss the nature, reach, and use of secret Presidential Emergency Action Documents: these are executive orders, announcements, and statements to Congress that are all ready to sign and send out as soon as a doomsday scenario occurs. PEADs are supposed to give America's commander-in-chief immediate extraordinary powers to overcome extraordinary events.

    PEADs have never been declassified or revealed before. They remain hush-hush, and their exact details are not publicly known.

    Continue reading
  • Stolen university credentials up for sale by Russian crooks, FBI warns
    Forget dark-web souks, thousands of these are already being traded on public bazaars

    Russian crooks are selling network credentials and virtual private network access for a "multitude" of US universities and colleges on criminal marketplaces, according to the FBI.

    According to a warning issued on Thursday, these stolen credentials sell for thousands of dollars on both dark web and public internet forums, and could lead to subsequent cyberattacks against individual employees or the schools themselves.

    "The exposure of usernames and passwords can lead to brute force credential stuffing computer network attacks, whereby attackers attempt logins across various internet sites or exploit them for subsequent cyber attacks as criminal actors take advantage of users recycling the same credentials across multiple accounts, internet sites, and services," the Feds' alert [PDF] said.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022