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NEW FEATURE: PST Discovery and Migration

I’m sure many of you are aware of those pesky PST files that users of Microsoft Outlook can generate and copy / move emails in to. They are nasty on a number of fronts:

  • When stored on network storage, there is no deduplication of emails, so the same email could be stored across 100’s of PST files costing the company significant $s
  • PST files can be up to 50GB in size. That’s a lot of storage, but when it comes to backing up these files, the simple addition of a 10KB email will result in the whole 50GB of PST file being backed up again
  • But more crucially, these are unmanaged, undiscoverable emails that contain significant risk within

Any emails being retained within a corporation should be retained within a managed archive such as Veritas Enterprise Vault. Enterprise Vault stores emails optimally using compression, deduplication and cost-effective storage. Importantly, it places all emails under retention controls so they are disposed of as soon as they can be and makes them discoverable for any internal or external investigations.

Enterprise Vault has great PST migration capabilities, it just does not know where the PST files are. Through the Item Type Exploration feature of Information Map, any PST file on the network, protected by NBU, can be located in under 30 seconds! An enhancement to the Information Map ‘Export’ functionality means that the list of PST files can be exported in to a CSV file in the right format to seed the Enterprise Vault PST Migration process.

Having to locate PST file manually is time consuming, fraught with issues and likely to result in many files undiscovered. Through the combination of NetBackup, Information Map and Enterprise Vault, Veritas is providing a toolset to help you eliminate PST files with the minimum of upfront work; so saving storage costs, but importantly, reducing the risk of managing and storing emails.

Here’s an interesting fact. One Information Map customer had over 200TB’s of PST files stored on their network. Given the average email size of 100KB, that’s 20 billion (BILLION!) individual emails which are unmanaged and undiscoverable. Who knows what smoking guns or silver bullets may be contained within?

Learn more by viewing this short video from Evan Barrett: