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RMossi | 12 Oct 2011 | 0 comments

If you have not seen the movie “Super Size Me,” you have most likely heard  of it.  The film is a documentary where the lead eats 3 meals a day at the golden arches for one month and super sizes each meal.  As a result, he proceeds to see negative effects  - lack of energy,  weight gain,  decreased performance.  Sure, bigger can be better… but will super sizing your SharePoint storage environment (because you can) be your answer?

Did you know…? *

  • Scale is a focus for SharePoint– Microsoft Scalability highlighted updated performance numbers and a scalability demo featuring a 14TB single content database that successfully failed over in 5 seconds  (very impressive)
  • 80% of Fortune 500 companies have deployed SharePoint
  • There are over 65,000 unique customers

So where does that leave SharePoint customers?   Growth is inevitable.  How you handle...

Alex Brown | 27 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

If you are using Microsoft Exchange Server as your messaging platform then you will have (or had) PST files among your end user community. This “solution” to Exchange mailbox quotas has been highly successful in a funny kind of way. For years users have been trained to move data into PST files to alleviate quota pressures in their mailbox. Outlook can even be configured to do this automatically for you. This solution has worked… for years.

The not so funny side of this activity is that years of potentially business critical information is now liberally spread over corporate file servers, end user desktops, USB keys, backup tapes  and just about anywhere else you can imagine.

Planning a migration to Exchange Server 2010? Note that Exchange Server 2010 or Outlook 2010 really doesn’t change matters with regards to PST usage. Often, the PST files have been created long before upgrading to the latest...

Alex Brown | 26 Aug 2011 | 1 comment

Someone asked me recently whether rebuilding their mailbox archive index would mean that their Vault Cache would need to be reset also.

The answer is no, absolutely not, however I can understand where the confusion comes. If you’ve read the Virtual Vault best practices guide (http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH124700) then you’ll probably know that Vault Cache uses an archive’s indexes to perform its initial synchronisation so that it can download the MDC header cache. The same  synchronisation process will then initiate the downloading of the content cache (if configured to do so).

So, why does rebuilding an archive’s index not interfere with the Vault Cache synchronisation process?

The answer is that Vault Cache only uses an archive’s index for its initial synchronisation - the first...

Glenn Martin | 19 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

Now that EV10 is generally available we're pleased to say that you can now learn more about it using the Tech Center resource. These provide many bite sized modules (too many to list here) on the various V10 features; and best of all they are all available completely free.

So head off to the following link to get learning.

http://techcenter.symantec.com/ecampus/enterprise?siteName=sena&courseNo=DP6002

pfavro | 11 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

Are you or your securities firm among those who have jumped with both feet into the world of social media marketing?

A recent industry survey confirms that nearly two-thirds of all asset managers were actively using social media for marketing purposes.  This is consistent with other contemporary survey results, which establish that social media use is on the rise for organizations across the globe.

Despite the rising popularity of social media in the securities industry, retention of social media content continues to haunt securities firms.  Indeed, 63% of surveyed asset managers reported that “...

Alex Brown | 03 Aug 2011 | 2 comments

Symantec Enterprise Vault™ will soon be celebrating its 12th birthday. Through those years, it has provided storage optimization and discovery/compliance capabilities to thousands of customers – a success by many measures. What made this success? There are many answers to this, but most boil down to just one thing - listening to where customers are feeling pain and providing a solution to help deal with this.

Enterprise Vault was originally built to help optimize Microsoft Exchange Server as a content source, and many more have followed since. Providing storage management capabilities to their Exchange administrators, customers were able to greatly reduce the amount of data stored within Exchange to make it an easier application to run, manage, backup and migrate/upgrade.

PST files, a curse in many IT departments, could finally be eradicated - their contents migrated into the archive to prevent data loss and corruption and to remove the risk of...

Alex Brown | 01 Aug 2011 | 5 comments

As some of you are aware, there was a limitation in the Enterprise Vault client where-by when it was used in a mixed bit client environment; specifically Windows 7 64-bit and Outlook 2010/2007 32-bit, the Vault Cache integration with Windows Desktop Search (WDS) did not function. This was due to a limitation in the way that WDS indexed the contents of Vault Cache. Vault Cache itself was unaffected and continued to operate perfectly, this was solely about it being indexed by WDS so that end users could use Window Explorer federated searches to include Vault Cache as a content source.

I am happy to announce that this limitation has been fixed and we have just released a version of the 9.0.2 client which contains this fix for the first time. This client (English only for now) will support all previously available client functionality as well as supporting WDS indexing the contents of Vault Cache in a mixed bit environment. If your end user workstations are running such a...

sean_roth | 29 Jul 2011 | 2 comments

With the way that things quickly move and change in today’s business world, it’s not surprising that organizations of all shapes and sizes can feel as though they’re running an ultra-marathon at a sprint pace. More often than not, getting ahead in the grueling race to success means being able to make intelligent decisions fast and efficiently, and archiving is one of the critical components of the type of information management strategy that can really enable that kind of decision-making excellence. It can help tackle information growth head on, and make the most relevant and important data fully and easily searchable and available.

With Enterprise Vault 10 now fully available to Symantec customers worldwide, archiving just got smarter and faster. We’ve incorporated some great new features that will help you to better link your technology and policies for effective information management across your IT and Legal departments, and across the business...

Alex Brown | 28 Jul 2011 | 32 comments

Statement of Direction

Symantec announced support for Microsoft Outlook 2010 OR (Original Release) with the Enterprise Vault 9.0.1 release in 2010. This release made a fully functional Enterprise Vault HTTP-only client available to all Enterprise Vault customers. The HTTP-only client provides the following functionality:

  • Full Enterprise Vault shortcut functionality
  • Full Enterprise Vault  toolbar functionality including access to EV Search and Archive Explorer
  • Full Vault Cache / Virtual Vault
  • Full PST migration capability
  • Windows Desktop Search integration (with the exception of Windows 64-bit / Outlook 32-bit combinations)

Building on this initial client release for Outlook 2010, Symantec is looking to ship an updated version of the client which includes enhanced client capabilities. These capabilities will be closely aligned to the Enterprise Vault full client available for previous Outlook versions. This...

TrevorD | 21 Jul 2011 | 0 comments

Social media has exploded in recent years into a trillion dollar industry. Once considered a fringe marketing tool at best, it went mainstream and left hobbyists in its rearview mirror.

Organizations have realized that social media can be a valuable resource for generating revenue and brand recognition. Wary IT departments once flirted with blocking access. Today, it’s a rare organization that avoids the use of social media in the office. But as employees embrace these tools for personal and business use, IT departments need to make sure related legal and regulatory issues and security risks are being addressed in the same manner as email, IM and other communications tools in the office.

In order to assess the effects of social media on enterprises, Symantec recently conducted a flash poll of 1225 enterprises, representing 33 countries. The results reveal that employees are actively engaged in using social media tools. Did I give that away earlier? With these...