Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving

COMPANY: Microsoft

Microsoft offers a cloud-based, enterprise-class archiving solution that helps to solve archiving, compliance, regulatory, and eDiscovery challenges. Exchange Online Archiving is compatible with Exchange Server 2016, 2013, 2010 and Office 365.

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Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving Review

Review date: February 15th 2019

Snapshot: Email archive which offers full compliance and eDiscovery solutions.

What is Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving?

Microsoft odder a cloud-based archiving solution for businesses that works within on-premise Exchange and 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.

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

Not For: Organizations such as financial institutions who need more advanced archiving, with quick searching and exporting of data with a dedicated third party archiving platform.

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. However, if your business is looking for a cheap and easy to use archiving platform for basic archiving, Microsoft Exchange Online Archive is an option to consider.

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Founded 1975
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Headquarters Redmond, WA, US
Support Team Location(s) US & Ireland

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Availability 100%
Data Storage Location Customers are able to choose the global region where their data is stored
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5 to 49 users $36.32 / €31.00 / £27.60 (per user / year)
50 to 99 users $36.32 / €31.00 / £27.60 (per user / year)
100 to 249 users $36.32 / €31.00 / £27.60 (per user / year)

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