Google Gets Email Discovery

Google has joined the list of vendors of email archiving and e-discovery. The firm recently announced its Google Message Discovery service. The service is part of the corporate offerings acquired with the purchase of Postini.

Hosted email archiving solutions like Google's compete with in-house email archive solutions on cost and quick deployment. The Google offering is priced at $25 per user per year, aligned with the cost of in-house solutions. This does not take into account the cost of provisioning an in-house solution.

The archiving service appears quite nice, based on a quick look. It's substantially more than just a crude index of emails sent over the Internet via Cisco/Postini's spam filtering service. Plus it's got Google's name on it. Good to have Google in the world of e-disco.

... David Ferris

One Comment

  1. Paul
    Posted April 15, 2008 at 1:03 AM | Permalink

    “It’s substantially more than just a crude index of emails sent over the Internet via Cisco/Postini’s spam filtering service” – is there a typo in here, or do you know something about a link between Cisco / IronPort / Google / Postini which the rest of us haven’t heard yet?

  2. Posted April 15, 2008 at 1:13 AM | Permalink

    Good catch, Paul. I’m 99% sure David meant to say “Google/Postini”.

    While I’m here, I should say that I also expect he meant to say “index of email”, not “index of emails”, seeing as the word “email” is a mass noun, and I’ll eat my own liver before I consciously use it as a count noun 😉

  3. Posted April 15, 2008 at 2:07 AM | Permalink

    Paul–er, very sorry, I spoke too soon. I got the Postini email archiving offering confused with that of MessageLabs. A few months ago, I had assumed that MessageLabs’ archiving was just a copy of emails going over the Internet, and found that in fact what you had was more sophisticated. When I dashed out this bulletin, I confused the MessageLabs offering with that of Postini. I withdraw my comment “The archiving service appears quite nice, based on a quick look. It’s substantially more than just a crude index of emails sent over the Internet via Cisco/Postini’s spam filtering service.” I would however say this of the MessageLabs offering.

    Also, Yes I meant Google/Postini rather than Cisco/Postini–typo.

    –david

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