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Amazon Glacier

As described in the use case, it is perfect for backup data storage where you do not expect to retrieve the data often. Think of it as a data dump; it is nice to know you have a backup, but it actually is expensive and somewhat difficult to retrieve everything.
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Veritas Enterprise Vault

I recommend Enterprise Vault, especially over native Exchange archiving when:1. You have, or may need litigation holds and searches2. There is a need to archive and set defined retention periods for Journaling3. You have lots of duplicate large emails that you want to get deduplication of4. You need/ want to be able to search attachment in addition to emails5. You want or need Litigation searches or archive retention to be handled by a team separate from your Email team
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Pros

  • Cheap storage of backup data.
  • Can be used as a part of the entire suite of tools from Amazon, without requiring you to leave the familiar stack.
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  • EV FSA had 2 stubbing options. We ended up using the IE shortcut as the stub replacement on the file system. In the DFS environment using DFSR the IE shortcuts allowed us to quickly and easily archive the data while allowing users to still access their data via the web or stub format. We were also able to exclude certain folders from archiving like the dfsrprivate folder. The newer versions of EV 11 and up have a better user interface to access this content from the web.
  • EV SharePoint implementation was pretty simple for us. Document Library archiving was pretty seamless. Archiving the different versions in sharepoint also helped further reduce total cost of storage.
  • EV Exchange was a good addition to our archiving portfolio. In our case we did not use the stubbing mechanism. Instead, we used the vault cache methodology. We had the option to pull down the full archive versus just the header information. The concern at the time was how quickly we could update the vault cache on the client. We ended up scaling out our EV environment to ensure the push of data could get to all our clients since we were in the middle of a notes to exchange migration. Overall I was impressed with Vault Cache and its capabilities. I also liked the ability to manage the Vault Cache and perform resets where necessary from the web browser interface.
  • We had EV FSA, SharePoint and Exchange as one single environment so we benefited from overall single instances of a file. Our backend systems were Netapp which we enabled deduplication for further improve storage savings. EV had a good SQL Reporting mechanism for Archiving and plenty of good canned reports.
  • Speed of archiving data was pretty fast.
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Cons

  • Accessing data stored in Glacier is slow. That shouldn't be a surprise, but it is undesirable nonetheless.
  • Retrieving a large amount of data can be expensive; Glacier's intended use is as an archive of rarely-accessed data.
  • Some users regard Glacier with fear and uncertainty. Slow retrieval time and high retrieval cost are the greatest risks of using Glacier, and they are also the Glacier interaction that most users have the least experience with.
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  • Implementation of the servers is a very detailed and precise process. You have to match Windows versions, Outlook versions, and Exchange versions for supportability, optimal performance, and best practice.
  • The system lacks effective scale out documentation and planning. Scale out often requires breaking the roles apart, and the documentation does not clearly define how to do this.
  • If you scale out, user location migration can be problematic for moving their archive vaults for email.
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Veritas Enterprise Vault8.6
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Symantec Enterprise is one of the best in the industry. We have already deployed their product to thousands of devices in the company and it would be a huge project to go through and change to an alternative product. We have also had much luck in dealing with their customer support. They have been very pleasant to deal with and their technical support has been quite knowledgeable in fixing our issues. This leaves us with very little reason to switch to a new product. We would have to see a significant amount of cost savings to switch to an alternative that offers all the same features and modules.
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Usability

Amazon Glacier6.0
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It is difficult to delete the data as you have to wait for inventory and then bucket modification has to expire.
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Alternatives Considered

It is significantly cheaper than other services, however, it is because it actually is a slightly different service. The other services we've tried allow live reading/writing of data as needed, whereas Glacier is a "cold storage" service. So essentially your choice ends up being based on what you plan to do with your data: keep it indefinitely or retrieve and modify it (potentially often and multiple times).
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We evaluated Z Technologies and EMC archiving solutions. EMC archiving solution was not cohesive at the time. They had one for mail archiving and another product for file services archiving. I wanted a single solution targeting different platforms so that additional storage efficiency could be achieved. Z Technologies wasn't bad but a much small company compared to Symantec / Veritas. Their solution appeared to more difficult to configure and to setup. They had an AD syncing mechanism where it synced our production AD against a copy of ldap objects in Z technologies. did not like the fact that there was going to be another ldap repository.
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Return on Investment

  • We seldom need to access our data in Glacier; this means that it is a fraction of the cost of S3, including the infrequent-access storage class.
  • Transitioning data to Glacier is managed by AWS. We don't need our engineers to build or maintain log pipelines.
  • Configuring lifecycle policies for S3 and Glacier is simple; it takes our engineers very little time, and there is little risk of errant configuration.
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  • We have seen a significant reduction in storage both for Exchange and block storage (from PST removal) due to deduplication
  • Our users find the ability to search their archive, the archives of past users, and subordinates as a fast and efficient way of finding historical data.
  • The ease of use of Enterprise Vault does make the business units prone to requesting to keep archive data for longer periods, which drives up retention and data storage needs.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Glacier

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Veritas Enterprise Vault

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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