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May 16 2011   12:00AM GMT

Autonomy hailed as Market Leader in Message Archiving

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Autonomy Consolidated Archive hailed as Market Leader

Human-friendly information in the forms of documents, web pages, presentations, videos, emails, phone conversations and IMs now form around 80% of the information available and their volume doubles almost every month (Gartner). Autonomy – founded in 1996 – is the market leader in the provision of software that automates the analysis of unstructured data, whether in the form of text, audio, images or video.  Autonomy aims at capturning and processing interaction and extract pertinent information for compliance and risk management, customer service operations and customer intelligence etc.

Autonomy has been expanding its functionality by acquisitions including Zantaz message archiving and CA’s information governance assets. Autonomy technologies are horizontal and it offers products across a wide range of domains.

The vast growth in enterprise content leads to higher storage costs, operational issue and compliance risks. Originally the message archiving solutions came as a response to legal requirements – like SEC and NASD – and mostly used by financial services. And the benefits related to cost savings, simplified retrieval from archive, lesser operational content etc. helped in improving adoption. Today, Message archiving products that offer holistic solution handling a wide range of content and application types is fast becoming the need of the enterprises across domains.

The key highlights of Autonomy Consolidated Archive are:

  • Autonomy Consolidated Archive offers the most complete product that proactively automates the full spectrum of consolidate archiving, eDiscovery, analytics and real-time policy managements.
  • The product has capabilities for message capture, retention management, eDiscovery, storage management, ability to handle a wide range of content and application types, flexible deployment models and proven security and scalability.
  • Traditionally focusing on Enterprise Search, Autonomy offers powerful and integrated eDiscovery functionality that is designed to mitigate the organization’s risk from non-compliance related to messages and other electronic content.

Autonomy is hailed as the Market Leader by Forrester as well as Gartner and their product growth in the past 2 to 3 years is tremendous. In Forrester’s report (Q1, 2011), Autonomy Consolidated Archive received top marks for message capture, range of content types, message management and supervision. According to Forrester “(Autonomy’s) strong set of flexible message archiving offerings and first-class legal risk mitigation support contribute to its leadership position.” 

According to Mike Sullivan, CEO of Autonomy Protect, “Only Autonomy can automatically apply governance policies by understanding the meaning of all types of human friendly information, including audio, video and social media content. With Autonomy Consolidated Archive as the anchoring technology, organizations can drive their critical compliance, eDiscovery, and Records Management initiatives directly from the archive, and make the data available via an on-premise, cloud-based, hybrid, or appliance-based approach.”

It is expected that the acquisition and the integration trend would continue making Autonomy’s product to continue to be the leader with better integrated content handling and governance capabilities as well as in providing options ranging from cloud to appliances based archiving.

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