Smarsh Communications Intelligence Platform (with Actiance) vs. Veritas Enterprise Vault

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Smarsh Communications Intelligence Platform
Score 7.5 out of 10
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Actiance was a social media compliance and archiving platform acquired by Smarsh in November 2017. It is now part of the technology underlying the Smarsh Communications Intelligence Platform. Actiance products Vantage and Socialite are now Connected Capture. Actiance Alcatraz is now Connected Archive.N/A
Veritas Enterprise Vault
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Veritas Enterprise Vault is a file archiving option.N/A
Pricing
Smarsh Communications Intelligence Platform (with Actiance)Veritas Enterprise Vault
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Smarsh Communications Intelligence PlatformVeritas Enterprise Vault
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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User Ratings
Smarsh Communications Intelligence Platform (with Actiance)Veritas Enterprise Vault
Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(2 ratings)
7.5
(9 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.1
(2 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Smarsh Communications Intelligence Platform (with Actiance)Veritas Enterprise Vault
Likelihood to Recommend
Smarsh
This appliance is well suited for organizations that have a need to monitor, moderate, or log social networking site use or the use of any website. It is a very solid tool for any information security department to have at their disposal.
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Veritas Technologies LLC
I recommend Enterprise Vault, especially over native Exchange archiving when: 1. You have, or may need litigation holds and searches 2. There is a need to archive and set defined retention periods for Journaling 3. You have lots of duplicate large emails that you want to get deduplication of 4. You need/ want to be able to search attachment in addition to emails 5. 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
Smarsh
  • Discovery: It allows for easy discoveries by the compliance and cyber security departments.
  • Ethical walls: This keeps certain departments from talking to each other.
  • Very granular control. This is a big product meaning you can get very detailed with it.
  • Once it's configured and running, we hardly ever have any issues.
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Veritas Technologies LLC
  • 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
Smarsh
  • Its configuration options were very large and required a good deal of time to learn all of the various settings.
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Veritas Technologies LLC
  • The search function in the vault does not work very well.
  • Cost. If not planned diligently, it might add to the overall cost.
  • Not easy get a expert to address the issue fast.
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Likelihood to Renew
Smarsh
It's the only product at this time that meets all of our requirements.
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Veritas Technologies LLC
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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Alternatives Considered
Smarsh
This was the only appliance of its kind that I have used. Other devices have different capabilities for web filtering such as the checkpoint firewalls, but none of them offered the overall solution that was deployed with this product at that time.
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Veritas Technologies LLC
I haven't research any other software against Enterprise Vault. Office 365 automatically has archiving capabilities that we use in the cloud. In comparison to Office 365, I'd say Office 365 comes out on top. For one thing, we essentially don't have to manage it. It also seems to preform better. However, Enterprise Vault does very well if you have an on-premise email solution.
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Return on Investment
Smarsh
  • Faster investigative work has led to increased employee efficiency when working on security investigations.
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Veritas Technologies LLC
  • Helps on the data management life-cycle, moving unused data to cheaper storage and/or deleting it after some time, if required.
  • Also helps reducing the amount of data to be backed up on the active array.
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