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Storage Expiry - To Be, or Not To Be?

Created: 28 May 2014 • Updated: 29 May 2014
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In the last few weeks I’ve heard of several companies who have not configured storage expiry at all. I know in the US there are quite a few ‘strong’ laws when it comes to data retention including archived emails. But these companies were in Europe, where the laws are currently less certain.

So why keep everything, forever?

Well, I think it’s down to the fear of the unknown. As the months go by, and the years approach, it seems only a matter of time before individual European countries or the EU as a whole passes some sort of laws/bills that govern what needs to be kept and for how long. In the meantime, conservative Europeans are taking the cautionary approach of keeping everything.

I’m no lawyer, so I can’t tell you whether this is the best approach, or not.

I can only say that from a storage point of view it does make for some interesting reading… nothing is allowed to be deleted.  Journaling is in place as well as mailbox archiving.... Average message sizes are increasing..... PST ingestion is still a thing that is happening for many organisations....

Where will all this required storage end?

Do you have storage expiry enabled for Enterprise Vault, or not? Let me know in the comments below