Hitachi has teamed up with Mimosa Systems to offer a way to archive Microsoft Exchange without draining CPU resources.

The Mimosa Nearpoint system reads the Exchange logs, claimed Scott Whitney, Mimosa's vice president of product management as opposed to traditional approaches to Exchange archiving which uses MAPI functionality to load an agent on the server leading to a strain on the CPU. Traditional systems also uses a technique called journaling where every message is duplicated to prevent messages being deleted before being archived, that duplication also leads to a strain on CPU resources, said Whitney. The archiving software is being bundled wth Hitachi's HCAP product to offer users a complete standalone product.

According to Lynn Collier, Hitachi's director for EMEA solutions sales, the Mimosa product offers a way out of the sheer volume of email that most enterprises have to deal with. And the volume is set to grow

"We're built on grid technology: a 2,000-seat enterprise can be handled by a 4-way Dell server," said Whitney. "The cost of that typical installation would be $25 per seat plus about $18,000 for 2TB of the HDS HCAP means that an enterprise could have a system up and running for less than $100,000."

One of the key drivers for Hitachi is the compliance aspect. Collier said that because a user could physically ensure the integrity of the data. "We know that what we get is exactly the same as was put in the system," said Collier.

In addition to the deal with Hitachi, Mimosa has also announced NearPoint Tiered Storage Option (TSO).

This is is an add-on module to the Mimosa NearPoint Live Content Archiving Platform that allows organisations to support compliance requirements for long term data retention and recovery.