C2C has launched a Microsoft Exchange email archiving and capacity management package, Archive One Capacity 2.3, to solve the problem of email bloat.

According to C2C , email inboxes are getting bigger, driven both by an increase in the size of emails plus legislative compliance, raising the problem of managing growth in both storage needs and Microsoft Exchange management effort.

The product is said to solve the problem by archiving older emails onto a backup Exchange server, with the result, according to C2C, being smaller email files, quicker and easier backup, and faster message delivery.

According to C2C, the rules-based package needs no additional training, and generates a small 'ghost message' that links to the content of the real message that's been archived. This means the user can seamlessly open any message. C2C reckons its product is easy to install and needs no additional investment in support packages such as SQL Server

In particular, C2C reckons that the only software dependency is on Microsoft, rather than a third party vendor whose product may or may not be supported up to seven years into the future, when messages may for legal reasons need to be retrieved.

New features are said to include integration with standard anti-virus software; the ability to restore an email back into the mailbox; and an architecture that supports distributed Exchange implementations - users can move between offices and still access their archived email. Administrators can also identify mailboxes approaching size quotas and check the integrity of message links.

One of C2C's customers, Paul Cartwright, senior network analyst with UK law firm Macfarlanes, said, "The architecture of Archive One Capacity means that we can keep our critical primary Exchange servers lean and mean with the highest levels of performance, while we have the security of knowing that the archived email is still there when the user needs it."

"The common misconception is that the problem is Exchange," said C2C CEO Dave Hunt. "It’s not. The problem is that you have too much email. Archive One Capacity stores old mail on an archive Exchange server, which administrators already know how to run. In under five minutes, organisations are now in a position to move massive amounts of data to less expensive storage areas."