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Intermedia Offers Standalone Cloud E-Mail Archiving

Intermedia is uncoupling cloud e-mail archiving from its own version of Hosted Exchange, allowing partners to offer archiving to customers running Microsoft Office 365, Google Mail, on-premises Exchange, IBM Notes, GroupWise and other mail platforms.

"With standalone Email Archiving, our partners have another path to capitalize on a multi-billion-dollar, high-growth market, while helping their customers reduce business, legal and compliance costs," said Michael Gold, CEO of Mountain View, Calif.-based Intermedia, in a statement announcing the offering this week.

Intermedia launched the Email Archiving service about a year ago for its Hosted Exchange solution. Hosted Exchange anchors Intermedia's Office in the Cloud, which also features Hosted PBX, SecuriSync file sync and share, security and mobility services.

In an interview with RCP late last year, Gold was most excited about the SecuriSync technology, a business-grade competitor to Dropbox that Intermedia launched in October. However, he said at the time that archiving was exceeding the company's expectations.

"The compliant-archiving is something we launched earlier this year. We had anticipated that a tiny percentage of our customer base would want that -- law firms, e-discovery. It's turned out that's been attractive across a broader set of our customers," Gold said of the original version, which was tied to Intermedia's own Hosted Exchange offering.

Intermedia has about 90,000 customers and 750,000 users with data spread across 10 datacenters in three countries. Those customers are served by 600 employees and some 13,500 channel partners. Intermedia claims to be the largest provider of hosted Exchange outside of Microsoft.

Partners manage the new standalone Email Archiving service from the same Partner Portal they would use for other Intermedia products.

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM