Cloud computing is one of the most significant trends in IT today. Organizations of all sizes are evaluating various cloud computing solutions that can improve their performance. Increased productivity, lower cost, better security and reliability are all benefits that can be achieved with cloud computing solutions.
Coincidentally, IT organizations are working to improve email security and add compliance and e-discovery capabilities. Spam and malware are bad and are getting worse and the risk and potential costs associated with e-discovery are increasing. As a result, organizations need a better way to solve these problems. Cloud-based email protection and archiving can do just that.
Email is the lifeblood of virtually any organization that uses it: users spend an average of 152 minutes on a typical workday using email (more than attending in-person meetings and talking on the phone combined). They send and receive more than 120 emails each day, and the majority of the content they need is tied up in email1.
In addition to the quite serious impositions on storage and bandwidth imposed by ever increasing volumes of spam, there are the much more serious threats that can expose corporate data to unauthorized parties, resulting in substantial financial losses, violations of the law, loss of reputation, and other increasingly serious consequences. Further, because email contains a growing proportion of corporate business records and other important content, organizations of all sizes must preserve this content through the deployment of appropriate archiving technologies. While security and archiving are absolutely necessary, they are also quite expensive to deploy and maintain. On-premise security and archiving systems themselves can be expensive to deploy, but they are generally much more expensive to maintain using in-house IT staff.
Further, IT staff that are responsible for maintaining these systems are not available to manage other systems that can enable a strategic advantage over their competitors – particularly important during periods of economic downturn.
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