The just-released The Forrester WaveTM: Information Archiving Cloud Providers, Q4 2016 provides a fascinating touchpoint on the rapid evolution of the State of Archiving. We hold Forrester Research in high regard as a global leader in research and advisory services.

 

The report is based on service demos and interviews with both vendors and users. It’s an honor just to be included in this report, let alone to have earned Forrester’s recognition as a “Strong Performer.” We’re delighted to have our archiving business recognized in this way.

As a snapshot of the archiving market, we feel the report offers three key insights worth reflecting upon.

 

TAKEAWAY #1: THE FORRESTER WAVE REPORT PUTS MIMECAST IN THE COMPANY OF AN INTERESTING MIX OF VENDORS 

We fully expected to see some familiar rivals in this report, and in this Forrester analysts didn’t disappoint. Yet there were a few surprises as well. Certain vendors that our customers frequently ask about somehow didn’t make the report.

On the other hand, there were some vertical-market specialists that rarely if ever come up in customer conversations, or even in other analysts’ archiving market research. We were also a bit surprised to see some well-known Enterprise Content Management (ECM) specialists in the mix.

 

TAKEAWAY #2: THIS REPORT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE FLUID STATE OF ARCHIVING

Mimecast was founded in 2003 as an archiving SaaS provider. Archiving is in our DNA.

Understandably, other vendors bring their own unique origin stories. Those included here include companies with roots in records management, instant messaging, and content workflow automation. There are vendors here who rose to success by focusing on call center customers, financial services providers, law firms, and other verticals.

What brings us all together? The domination of knowledge work, the emergence of information retention regulations, and the spiraling legal exposure that all organizations face.

 

TAKEAWAY #3: WE DO WHAT WE DO THANKS TO OUR CUSTOMERS

We developed our proprietary Mime|OS both to leverage cloud economies and to overcome cloud scale, performance, and other challenges. Then, as we all know, the web matured, and with it, cybercrime. As these threats morphed and mushroomed, our customers’ needs expanded.

In responding to these needs, we found that Mime|OS provided the ideal foundation for delivering new categories of security and continuity services. More recently, our Mime|OS and unified cloud architecture have proven a boon for simplifying the buildout of our API library, which in turn will let us accelerate the pace of service expansion.

Further, without our customers, there’d be no Legendary Customer Success.

 

THANKS FOR THE PRIVILEGE

So again, we’re indebted to the analyst community for recognizing our hard work and accomplishments. We also recognize the contributions of our partners, for teaming with us, and sharing our successes. Finally, infinite thanks to our customers. You keep us focused and offer vital course-correction in this fast-paced world.

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

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