Garth Landers

by Garth Landers

Product Marketing Director, Archiving

Posted Dec 06, 2018

Mimecast named a Gartner EIA MQ Leader for the 4th year in a row.

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The annual Gartner Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA) Magic Quadrant (MQ) was released this week. As always, it’s a big deal for our industry. Enterprises of all types—public, private as well as investors—use it to see what vendors are ascending, which are descending (hopefully not the one you use today) and which are arriving on the scene.

Other than market participants themselves, no one puts more of a focus on information archiving than Gartner—they scrutinize financial growth, product releases, talk to thousands of users and hear from the vendors themselves, to get a complete and accurate assessment and forecast of the archiving industry. Speaking from personal experience and having authored several MQs, its an arduous experience. All of this is encapsulated into two main factors of consideration: “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.”

We are pleased to announce that for the fourth straight year, Mimecast was named a Leader in the EIA MQ. Of particular note, we rated the most highly in the “ability to execute” axis once again. It’s a position we are very proud of and take very seriously. We know that leadership is earned, and not an entitlement—you only need to look back at previous iterations to see how far the once mighty have fallen.

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Enterprises should consider the EIA MQ more important than ever for archiving too. Headed into 2019, archiving stakeholders, in IT, legal, compliance and business users have a lot to sort through as they consider current and future investments:

Legacy archiving vendors 

The archiving industry is maturing, and several providers are in maintenance mode. Vendors that aren’t investing in their product, aren’t investing in your future and success. They are an anchor and too often, are holding your content hostage, making it difficult to migrate and switch providers. Vendors that view their product as an annuity and financial transaction are not going to provide a good customer experience. They aren’t going to work to support emerging use cases, content types and architectures, in short, they aren’t working for you.

Pervasive governance requirements

Increasing regulatory requirements like the European Union General Data Protection Regulation are a global challenge for enterprises that have content such as email growing exponentially and retaining data for the long term. Archiving cannot guarantee compliance, but it builds a foundation upon to place controls and systems that can manage information systematically to meet regulatory requirements demonstrably.

In addition—litigation and subsequent e-discovery is universal, regardless of company size, ownership status or vertical industry. Potential litigation from customers, employees, partners and competitors is a reality, resulting in disruptive, costly and time-consuming attempts to respond. These factors elevate archiving, making it mission critical in reducing risk, improving productivity in responding to governance events and ultimately, reducing costs.

The journey to the cloud

As enterprises make the journey to the cloud, and, Microsoft Office 365™, they are adapting to the reality that all the same factors that drive archiving today, governance requirements, employee productivity and data loss and prevention still apply.

As a result, enterprises are seeking archiving platforms that can offer a comprehensive portfolio of value additions to Office 365, providing security, information governance and backup and recovery. At the same time, archiving solutions must do this while supporting the original aim of Office 365—employee productivity. Few vendors can support this.

These are some of the market factors that are essential considerations when navigating the archiving market today and the Gartner MQ details them well. Moving forward in our series, we will look at the technical considerations supported by the Gartner analysis that enterprises should also think about when considering archiving solutions.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Garth Landers

by Garth Landers

Product Marketing Director, Archiving

Posted Dec 06, 2018

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