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  • Archiving is for Everyone!

    August 1, 2014

    To paraphrase the late, great Rodney Dangerfield, email gets no respect. The downside of ubiquity is that you become a commodity, and people take you for granted. Familiarity breeds contempt, as the old saying goes.

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    Email Archiving is for Every Business

     

    Savvy data managers have long appreciated the fact that email contains intellectual property, and that preserving and protecting that data is important for any business – not just for big business.

    This short animation makes the case that all businesses should start archiving email, even if they are not in industries traditionally saddled with onerous regulations.

    Preserving intellectual property seems like a no brainer, considering every email you send and receive contains IP. However, it would be difficult to make the case that every single email is critical to preserve forever.  But email does represent an historical record of what was said, between whom and at what point.  This can be very revealing.  We’ve all seen the well publicized cases where the “smoking email” exposed some truth that was previously obscured (politicians closing bridges, NFL players creating a hostile work environment, IRS losing access to executive emails…)

    With unlimited storage and unlimited retention, Sonian’s cloud-based email archiving takes the decision-making out of what to save.  Save every message because you just never know, and search every message when you need to know.  In short, anyone who uses email (and isn’t that everyone?) should be archiving their email.


    About Sonian
    An early innovator in cloud-based archiving, Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 15,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s 5 largest public clouds.

    Have questions? Want more info? Need help?
    Let’s talk!


    5 Reasons Business Loves Email Archiving!

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    Learn Why Smart Businesses LOVE Email Archives

    Good data governance is good business practice.

    Save every message because you never know.  

    Search every message when you need to know. 

    For a modern business, it’s imperative to protect critical data with a solid governance strategy that includes data               preservation and retention best practices.

    See the infographic! 

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  • [Special Report] Cloud-Based Email Archiving

    July 30, 2014

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    Don’t miss this new Special Report for MSPs!

    With shrinking IT budgets and growing demands for data to support a variety of business, compliance and litigation needs, businesses and the MSPs who serve them are under pressure to deliver more value for less cost.

    Cloud-Based Email Archiving: A Practical Guide to Protecting Intellectual Property and Cutting Data Storage Costs is packed with valuable information you can put to good use right away:

    • The current data storage and management challenges businesses are facing
    • 6 data governance best practices MSPs and their customers should consider
    • Infographics, white papers and a variety of other informative resources

    See for yourself how successful MSPs are bundling email archiving with the related offerings they already sell to generate a new line of monthly recurring revenue.

    Get your FREE Special Report right now!


    About Sonian
    An early innovator in cloud-based archiving, Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 15,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s 5 largest public clouds.

    Have questions? Want more info? Need help?
    Let’s talk!


    [Infographic] MSP Trends Survey Results

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    See the survey results for yourself right now!


  • [RECORDED WEBINAR] 2014 Email Management Opinion Survey Results

    July 28, 2014

    [Recorded Webinar] 2014 Email Management Opinion Survey Results

    Have you seen these new email management survey results?

    If you missed the live webinar, here’s your chance to check out the recorded version.

    Watch now for the 2014 Email Management Opinion Survey results. See what IT professionals and managed service providers are saying about their email management challenges and much more.

    During the recorded webinar, you’ll:

    • Get in-depth analysis of the survey data from Steve Martin, Sonian’s VP of Marketing
    • See for yourself how your peers answered and where you stack up
    • Gain insight into current technology trends, including the explosive growth of cloud-based initiatives

    Don’t miss out. Check out the webinar right now!


    About Sonian
    An early innovator in cloud-based archiving, Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 15,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s 5 largest public clouds.

    Have questions? Want more info? Need help?
    Let’s talk!


    [Infographic] Who needs email archiving? You!

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    See the benefits for yourself – before there’s a problem.

    Don’t miss this infographic!


  • Tips for buying AWS Reserved Instances

    July 24, 2014


    AWS Reserved Instances are a scalable, easy and cost effective way to store your information in the cloud. As described on the Amazon AWS site, it’s a web service that provides resizable capacity in the cloud.

    For those who are already using AWS, here are some recommendations:

    First generation AWS ECS instance users, if you have Reserved Instances up for renewal this year, benchmark the proper replacement instances with the 2nd and 3rd generations. Get your infrastructure automation ready to bootstrap these instance types.

    Be sure to calculate upfront cost savings and the ongoing hourly instance discount between the old and new instance types. In some cases, it may be more economical to renew your new instance type weeks or even months early.

    If you’re using an old instance type, be sure to check out the reserved instance marketplace. You can find bargains, if you’re a buyer of Heavy Usage instance types.

    Looking for the lowest Effective Rate with a relatively short term will bridge any gaps you have between your first generation instances and your move to the new generations.

    Also, don’t limit yourself to your preferred Availability Zone (AZ). Look at the region within your instance class and you’ll likely find better pricing. For example, you may be looking for c1.medium in us-east-1c but notice c1.xlarge available in us-east-1e. Once you purchase the RIs you can modify them in the AWS EC2 console and convert 1 c1.xlarge to 4 c1. Medium. Just remember to move them to your proper AZ. It may take up to an hour for the transaction to go through to then allow you to move the RI. That hour could be a good time to shop for more bargains in other regions or your favorite shopping site!


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    Pete Zimmerman is Vice President of Services. Pete is responsible for delivering the world class, high availability and superior customer satisfaction that Sonian’s customers and partners expect. He joined Sonian as one of the company’s first employees, bringing more than 10 years experience in SaaS-based messaging and collaboration solutions.


    About Sonian

    An early innovator in cloud-based archiving, Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 16,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s 5 largest public clouds.

    Have questions? Want more info? Need help?
    Let’s talk!


    [Webinar] Don’t Pass on PaaS!

    Tony Bishop from 451 Research and Sonian’s CTO, Greg Arnette examine of cloud frameworks, common within PaaS. See how this emerging distributed services model enables developers to leverage virtualized services to build data processing ecosystems under a common, even open, blueprint.451

    • Get an overview of the cloud landscape from the CSO at 451 Research
    • Grasp the benefits of cloud application development leveraging a PaaS model
    • Understand how the Sonian cloud API is a great first step into the cloud ​
    • Realize the promise of cloud computing without contorting development ​

    Watch the free 45-minute webinar right now.


  • [White Paper] Archiving and the Cloud: Perfect Together

    July 21, 2014


    IT is feeling the pain.

    Business data is growing at an explosive rate…

    So are the laws regulating its management, storage and retention… 

    Meanwhile, demands for data to support litigation, compliance and other business needs continue to pile up…

    Sound familiar?

    IT and business leaders need to be prepared for the convergence of these trends. Left unaddressed, these issues have the capability to drain productivity, increase storage expenses and put the reputation and financial viability of your organization at risk.

    That’s the reason you have to see this white paper! Archiving and the Cloud: Perfect Together brings you an in-depth overview of valuable data preservation, storage and retention best practices that help mitigate institutional risk, improve operational efficiency and cut costs.

    With email and other data continually expanding, archiving provides a cost-effective storage solution that helps businesses meet regulatory requirements and cut the burden on IT; the cloud’s elastic infrastructure scales with data growth and offers maximum performance availability.

    See all the benefits of cloud-based email archiving for yourself:

    • How IT professionals are effectively managing the explosion of data
    • The strategies businesses are using to cut storage costs and hassles
    • Why on-premises and hosted archiving typically fall short

    Don’t miss out! Take advantage of this valuable information about the latest cloud-based email archiving solutions.

    Get your FREE white paper right now!


    About Sonian
    An early innovator in cloud-based archiving, Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 15,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s 5 largest public clouds.

    Have questions? Want more info? Need help?
    Let’s talk!


    [Webinar] MSP Trends Survey Results

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    Get exclusive, in-depth analysis of the MSP Trends Survey Results. 

    Watch the recorded webinar now.

     


  • Sensu – Born @ Sonian

    July 18, 2014

    Remember way back in 2007? sensu

    The Dixie Chicks cleaned up at the Grammys. The Departed won the Academy Award for Best Picture as the U.S. began its “troop surge” in Iraq and Nicolas Sarkozy was elected President of France…

    That seems like a long time ago…

    Well, that was the same time that Sonian started building their cloud SaaS.  Back then, at the dawn of cloud computing, there simply weren’t monitoring and management tools that could scale and integrate with the emerging DevOps technologies.  As our cloud workloads grew, we needed to build a monitoring and management framework to support our growing installed base around the globe.

    Sensu is that cloud monitoring framework.

    Unlike it’s popular predecessor, Nagios, which uses a group of centralized servers to perform continual checks on remote hosts to determine system performance, Sensu adopted a more modern and distributed design, employing RabbitMQ to manage the subscriptions, check requests and health results. This model allows for far more horizontal scaling and immediately drew the attention of developers who were already running up against the limitations of Nagios.

    If you like history and want the skinny on exactly how it works and why we built it, you can find that right here.

    You can also see the groundswell start in the first 100 days on Joe Miller’s excellent blog.

    Former Sonian Sean Porter delivers a great overview on the Audax Health Engineering podcast.  You can find it through this blog entry which includes LOTS of other great Sensu links.

    If you’re more interested in the present, start with the GitHub wiki where you’ll find an engaged community that wants to see you succeed. Join the ever-growing list of companies successfully managing workloads in the cloud, courtesy of Sonian.

    We built it because we needed it.  We open sourced it because we knew it was an important tool that would help others struggling with significant cloud workloads.  Sonian continues to open source code because we believe it fosters cooperation and drives innovation. We did it years before Tesla, #justsayin.

     


    About Sonian

    An early innovator in cloud-based archiving, Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 16,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s 5 largest public clouds.

    Have questions? Want more info? Need help?
    Let’s talk!


    [Webinar] Don’t Pass on PaaS!

    Tony Bishop from 451 Research and Sonian’s CTO, Greg Arnette examine of cloud frameworks, common within PaaS. See how this emerging distributed services model enables developers to leverage virtualized services to build data processing ecosystems under a common, even open, blueprint.451

    • Get an overview of the cloud landscape from the CSO at 451 Research
    • Grasp the benefits of cloud application development leveraging a PaaS model
    • Understand how the Sonian cloud API is a great first step into the cloud ​
    • Realize the promise of cloud computing without contorting development ​

    Watch the free 45-minute webinar right now.


  • 5 key takeaways about Amazon Zocalo

    July 16, 2014

    [This blog post, written by Sonian CTO Greg Arnette, was originally published here.]

    “Zocalo,” what a strange name for a document and file sharing service targeted toward enterprises. My first thought upon hearing the name (while viewing the AWS NYC Summit live stream) was that Amazon had acquired Zoho.com, a competent but not well-known document and collaboration service. But Zocalo looks like organic AWS development and I’m excited to test drive the service.

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    The name Zocalo sounds exotic compared to the standard AWS naming scheme… We’re used to services with three letter acronyms like “SDS – Simple Document Sharing,” but more recently Amazon’s naming scheme is embracing whole words to define a business service as opposed to a three letter acronym for a developer-focused service. “EC2” is for techies, “Redshift” is for data analysts, and now “Zocalo” is for business knowledge workers.

    A Google search reveals “Zocalo” is the name of the big public square in Mexico City. I guess “public square” and document sharing are kindred themes in a holistic way.

    1. The Big Picture about Zocalo and who gets disrupted

    Zocalo shows AWS is interested in expanding into general “bread and butter” IT services. It’s a natural progression from the original IaaS building blocks, and many pundits have speculated AWS will eventually move into the application space. Ok… so now they have in a big way and they are solving a very horizontal problem; file share, sync and collaboration for the masses.

    Zocalo requires an AWS account and is managed from the AWS Console. An IT person deploying Zocalo will be exposed to all the AWS services and this will drive growth in their other cloud offerings. “What’s Workspaces… take the remote desktop for a test drive. Easy”

    It’s not a stretch of the imagination to think Zocalo will be marketed on the main Amazon.com e-commerce  site, alongside boxed Microsoft Office and other information management software.

    2. Pricing model

    Pricing is simple and predictable. Two themes enterprise IT are demanding from their vendors. The base fee is $5 per employee per month which includes 200 GB of storage per employee. The customer can add additional storage for a very reasonable fee. Starting at 3 cents per gigabyte for up to 1 TB and as more storage is consumed the unit price decreases just like with S3.

    Customers using AWS Workspaces receive a discount on Zocalo. Workspaces and Zocalo look to be great complimentary offerings. Each alone are a great value, and I can see how Workspaces will be easier to use with Zocalo integration.

    3. Security, audit trail & API

    Zocalo customers will be able to choose the AWS region where there data will be stored. This could be viewed as a positive differentiator. As far as I know Google Apps, Box, Office 365 do not offer this feature.

    AWS is providing a basic audit tool set in the Zocalo Management Console. IT admins will be able to read access logs, view activity and lock down who can share outside the organization.

    It’s unknown if an API is available to allow third parties to extend the compliance features and add more value to Zocalo, in the way ISVs can with Google Apps Marketplace.

    4. Enterprise connections

    AWS is touting the connection to Active Directory to help IT manage users and permissions from the Microsoft Management Console. This feature will go a long way toward Zocalo’s appeal and adoption in mainstream business accounts.

    5. What Zocalo is not doing

    Zocalo does not have an email system built-in like Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365. It’s designed to complement an email system the same way Sharepoint or Box complement email. There are certainly hooks into email so that editors can be notified when a comment is added to a shared doc, as one example.

    As an aside, it would be cool if AWS stored the customer’s documents in the customer’s own S3 account, but I have a feeling AWS is storing the documents in a separate S3 boundary not controlled by the end customer.


    About Sonian
    An early innovator in cloud-based archiving, Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 15,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s 5 largest public clouds.

    Have questions? Want more info? Need help?
    Let’s talk!


    [WEBINAR] Illuminating the Dark Data in Email

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    Get an exclusive look at the new cutting–edge data visualization tools being developed by Sonian from CTO Greg Arnette.

    Watch the recorded webinar.


  • New! [eBook] Email Management Opinion Survey Results

    July 15, 2014

    covergraphicthumbAre you an IT professional, managed service provider or someone who’s interested in email management? If so, don’t miss the results of this new Email Management Opinion Survey!

    Get the FREE eBook and see for yourself what IT professionals and MSPs who resell technologies services are saying about the challenges of managing email.

    • Get exclusive, in-depth analysis of the survey data
    • See how your peers answered and where you stack up
    • Gain insight into current technology trends, including the explosive growth of cloud-based initiatives

    Don’t wait! Download your eBook right now!


    About Sonian
    An early innovator in cloud-based archiving, Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 15,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s 5 largest public clouds.

    Have questions? Want more info? Need help?
    Let’s talk!


    [Infographic] Who needs email archiving? You!

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    See the benefits for yourself – before there’s a problem.

    Don’t miss this infographic!


  • [WEBINAR] Email Management Opinion Survey Results

    July 8, 2014

    a better business infrastructure opportunity requires that organizations apprise themselves of modern tools and utilities that promote greater functionality.Be the first to see the results!

    Get an exclusive first look at the Email Management Opinion Survey Results.

    In this free 30-minute webinar, you’ll:

    • Get in-depth analysis of the survey data from Steve Martin, Sonian’s VP of Marketing
    • See how your peers answered and where you stack up
    • Be one of the first to get the Email Management Opinion Survey Results eBook

    You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and get them answered during the live Q&A session.

    Don’t miss this informative event. Sign up now!
     


    5 reasons businesses love email archiving

    email archivingProtect your information, reputation and future.

    Take a look at the infographic!


  • [INFOGRAPHIC] 5 reasons businesses love email archiving

    July 7, 2014

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    See for yourself why smart businesses love email archives!

    Good data governance is good business practice.

    Save every message because you never know.  

    Search every message when you need to know. 

    For a modern business, it’s imperative to protect critical data with a solid governance strategy that includes data preservation and retention best practices.

    Email archiving – a great first step – mitigates institutional risk, protects your intellectual property and saves you time and money.

    There are many other benefits, too. (Note: If you deal with compliance audits or get discovery requests, you don’t want to miss this!)

    Check out all the reasons businesses love email archiving…

    See the full infographic.


    About Sonian
    An early innovator in cloud-based archiving, Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 15,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s 5 largest public clouds.

    Have questions? Want more info? Need help?
    Let’s talk!


    [Infographic] Who needs email archiving? You!

    Footer graphic

    See the benefits for yourself – before there’s a problem.

    Don’t miss this infographic!


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