October 21, 2019
Score 8 out of 10
I use Archive Manager for Files and Exchange edition. As a government agency we have Very long retention lengths on some of our files and emails. Rather than saving all indefinitely I am able to apply different retention policies base on where it exists and what it is. I am then able to save the retained files to less expensive storage.
- Archive Manager is very reliable and only requires attention when updates are needed.
- I am able to have different retention policies based on various criteria. Our Police department has different requirements and our Parks department so I am able to give them different policies. This saves a lot of storage an money as having to save all data the same length of time would be very expensive.
- Archive Manager is very versatile. There are versions for Exchange, file storage, O365 and SharePoint.
- Archive Manager has a very steep learning curve. In some areas it seems unnecessarily complicated. You can either spend a great deal of time reading the never ending documentation or pay for their installation services.
- Metalogix was recently acquired by Quest. Since this transition, their support had greatly gone downhill. The last couple of times I have opened a ticket I have been asked for a service tag. Metalogix products do not have service tags and the front level techs seem to be unaware of this.
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Archive Manager is very cost effective and much less expensive than Veritas Enterprise Vault. I use Archive Manager as protection from ransomware. This has saved me more than once where I can very rapidly restore encrypted files. It is also hardware agnostic and very flexible.