Mimosa Systems, the leader in next-generation email, file, and SharePoint archiving solutions, today announced that Lagan Group, the international construction and construction materials group with headquarters in Northern Ireland, has selected Mimosa NearPoint™ for the rapid backup, archiving and recovery of thousands of business-critical documents held on five Microsoft Office SharePoint Servers used by its employees in 50 locations around the world. Microsoft SharePoint, the fastest growing product in Microsoft’s history, is a collection of server-side tools and applications that allows businesses to make documents and other data available through a single online portal.
Lagan chose Mimosa NearPoint™ for SharePoint because it offers the fastest backup, archiving and recovery capabilities on the market. In addition, because Mimosa NearPoint for SharePoint also works seamlessly with Mimosa NearPoint for Exchange which Lagan had already deployed, the company can use a single, unified platform for the archiving and recovery of any document held anywhere within the organisation.
Jim Fennell, Information System Manager at Lagan, explains the problem his organization was facing: “Most of Lagans’ business is project-driven and the company had standardized on SharePoint. At any point we might have 60 SharePoint sites in operation holding thousands of documents, from project contracts and drawings to new business tenders and proposals. The consequences of losing even one document, let alone an entire SharePoint site, could be catastrophic to a project. A fast and efficient backup, archiving and recovery strategy was essential.”
However, Lagan’s SharePoint backups had become incredibly inefficient and slow. Weekly backups were taking over 24 hours while recovering a single lost or deleted document, because it required the entire SharePoint server to be recovered which could take a full working day.
Mimosa NearPoint’s features, including single-instancing and stubbing of files, will help Lagan eliminate the unnecessary backup of duplicate files across an organisation. It also offers users a fine-grain recovery feature to quickly recover individual files without requiring a full server restore. He concludes: “With NearPoint we’re expecting our backup windows to shrink while recovering a single lost or deleted file will take a couple of clicks and a matter of seconds.”
Lagans will also be able to set policies that automatically take documents that have not been touched for 30 days out of SharePoint and moved, into NearPoint. This document is then stubbed in SharePoint, but held in NearPoint, in a way that is seamlessly accessible to the user. Because NearPoint can apply this feature to both Exchange and SharePoint across both platforms, it drives further storage efficiencies and also helps minimise backup and recovery times, even though data is actually growing.
About Mimosa NearPoint
Mimosa NearPoint addresses critical customer requirements around archiving, eDiscovery, regulatory compliance, business continuity, and storage optimization in a unified solution. Mimosa NearPoint proactively captures email, files, SharePoint content and instant messages; and provides legal search workflow, employee supervision, immediate mailbox and message recovery, disaster recovery, and self-service search and access in one solution. By leveraging cost-effective storage and advanced classification rules, NearPoint also optimizes content storage and reduces overall infrastructure costs.
Mimosa Systems, Inc. (mimosasystems.com) delivers next-generation email, file and SharePoint archiving solutions for information immediacy, discovery, and continuity. Mimosa NearPoint is the industry’s most comprehensive unstructured information management software solution for email, files, collaboration systems and instant messages, enabling archiving, eDiscovery, storage management, and recovery in a unified solution. Mimosa is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, recognized for its competencies in networking infrastructure solutions, ISV/software solutions, and advanced infrastructure solutions. Mimosa was founded in 2003 and is based in Santa Clara, California, with offices in Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Australia, and India.