Comparison

Compare Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving vs Global Relay Archive

See this comparison of Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving vs Global Relay Archive.

Snapshot

Email archive which offers full compliance and eDiscovery solutions

For

Small and mid-sized businesses looking for the easiest, basic archiving option with no third party platform.

Not For

Organizations who require more advanced archiving, with quick searching and exporting of data with a dedicated third party archiving platform

What is Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving?

Microsoft is a cloud-based archiving solution for businesses that works within on-premise Exchange and Hosted Exchange (Office 365). It aims to help businesses solve archiving, compliance and eDiscovery challenges. This platform offers archiving within businesses existing Outlook applications, meaning that deployment and management is very easy, with no third party vendor or new software necessary to archive email communications.

Profile: Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving

Category:
Email Archiving
Website:
microsoft.com
Founded:
1975
Headquartered:
Richmond, WA, US
Deployment:
Journalling to cloud for on-prem Exchange, cloud to cloud for O365
Starting Price:
$3 user / month
Suitable For:
SMB with limited requirements

Microsoft Archiving Features:

  • Secure and reliable archive which has 99.9% update and stores all email correspondence in one secure location
  • Works directly within existing Microsoft email client and so is easy to use
  • End users can view their own email archives, without being able to edit or delete emails
  • Integrated management interface with eDisovery features that allow you to manage data across an organization
  • Easy to use platform with automatic patching and mobile support within Outlook app
  • Cost-effective service with built in auditing and scalable data storage options
  • Custom retention tags and retention policies available for choosing what to be archived

Expert Insight:

Microsoft offer a email archiving solution for small and mid-sized companies in sectors in which archiving is important but does not need to be an advanced platform. Microsoft Online Archiving is cheap, easy to deploy and offers a secure and reliable email archive. End users can access their own archived emails, without being able to edit them. Admins get an integrated management dashboard from where they can easily set retention polices and search and export data. Searching the Microsoft Archive is slower than many third party platforms however, and there is no SLA on guaranteed search time.

Larger companies who need more detailed auditing, more granular eDiscovery options or archiving of attachments, should consider a more advanced third party platform.

Snapshot

Offers archiving for email, instant messaging mobile and social media with searching and analytics.

For

Larger organisations, especially financial institutions, looking for comprehensive auditing and logging of all electronic communications.

Not For

Small and midsized businesses looking for a low-cost email archiving solution.

Who are Global Relay?

Global Relay are a leading provider of cloud-based message archiving and eDiscovery solutions. Founded in 1999 they manage data for more than 20,000 customers globally. They’re core customers are financial intuitions. They offer an archiving service that unifies all of an organization’s electronic communications in a single archive. This includes email, instant messaging, mobile communications and social media. They store data for up to 400,000 users in one archive, in a searchable database. These records are non-rewritable and tamper-proof to ensure legal compliance. They also store all meta-data and comprehensive logging and audits.

Profile: Global Relay Archive

Category:
Email Archiving
Website:
globalrelay.com
Founded:
1999
Headquartered:
Vancouver, Canada
Deployment:
Cloud via Journalling
Starting Price:
Request Quote
Suitable For:
Legal, Finance, Healthcare

Global Relay Features:

  • Offers archiving of multiple electronic communications beyond email, with instant messaging, market data chat, mobile messaging, social media, voice and web
  • Reliable and secure communications archiving, which only stores data once to save money and storage space
  • Archive is completely tamperproof with comprehensive eDiscovery tools and legal hold, ensuring full legal compliance
  • End users can access their own archive with manageable policies, without being able to edit them
  • Archives can be accessed on mobile, web and within Outlook
  • Full auditing of who has accessed the archive with flexible, role-based permissions
  • Easy to use service, with fast support response times
  • Allows very specific keyword searches
  • Range of analytical features, with communication timelines, interactive charts and user activity monitoring which can help improve the overall security of a business’s

Expert Insight:

Global Relay offers an advanced and comprehensive email archiving service. The archive is secure and tamperproof, able to scale and secure large amounts of data. The archive can store all types of electronic communications, including wit instant messaging platforms such as Slack. This will help ensure full legal compliance and prevent data loss for large enterprises. There a range of audits available and admin controls such as retention policies and roles-based access. However, smaller companies should be aware that the service is very expensive. Fees to export data are very high, with some customers reporting they were billed up to $50 per GB, leading to an overall cost of $82,500 to transfer their archive to another platform. Global Relay also does not advertise an SLA on archiving speed.

While costs can be high, the advanced admin features and analytics make this platform a strong solution for larger companies who need full archiving of all email communications. This is a one-stop shop for securing and storing all electronic communications within a business.