Soarsoft International technology partner, TransVault, affirms Microsoft's position that Office 365 is a one-stop-shop for e-mail compliance

New white paper backs Microsoft's holistic approach to achieving compliance in Microsoft office 365.

Johannesburg, 22 Aug 2016
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TransVault, a leading developer of archive migration solutions and a Soarsoft International favoured technology partner, has recently released a new white paper that supports Microsoft's claim that Office 365 delivers a one-stop-shop for regulatory compliance. This coincides with Soarsoft's own opinions and experiences as migration and information management experts and a certified TransVault Archive Migration Master. Soarsoft has a dedicated deployment and support team for Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 Cloud solutions and have a specific focus area around governance, archive and eDiscovery. TransVault's Making Office 365 One-Stop-Shop for Email Records Compliance, White Paper, is a direct result of several years of extensive research and experience with over 1 300 customer e-mail archive migration projects completed, and many more under way through their network of services focused partners, including Soarsoft International. The document concludes that beyond mere compliance, a properly migrated archive can safeguard a business from potential future litigation or governance issues that may arise from not taking legacy e-mail data into account during the migration process.

Barney Haye, founder and chief executive officer for TransVault stated that "Data governance is more than the marketing term that is often linked to promotional hype or fearmongering. It's a primary responsibility that any business that has sensitive legacy data within an archive should be aware of. Companies need to see preparedness for eDiscovery as a priority and that the safeguarding of all data is the only pre-emptive defence."

For widespread adoption of cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365 to occur within heavily regulated industries and governance-focused enterprises, the service providers must be able to prove they are responsible and practised data custodians (see the TransVault Blog on new "Safe Harbour" rulings). They must provide the necessary project capability and scope to safeguard future corporate messaging repositories in fully discoverable formats.

The savvy e-mail administrator will understand that this encompasses many different aspects of their project, such as: mailbox storage, archive storage, legal hold, journaling, search/eDiscovery, reporting - the list goes on and on. These are vital aspects to consider during a cloud migration, and form a standard part of Soarsoft International's service offering.

Regarding the value inherent in this newly authored white paper by TransVault, Haye concludes: "Our research team have worked diligently to produce this helpful manifesto on compliance and we hope it provides an important framework around how Microsoft Office 365 meets e-mail compliance and good data governance requirements. Armed with this resource, those tasked with investigating cloud propositions should have all the ammunition they need to convince business decision-makers of Microsoft's virtues. Yes, there are still difficulties and risks to weigh up, but by undertaking a proper migration to one-stop-shop services like Office 365, there are also multiple business advantages to be unlocked."

Haye has also blogged in response to Tony Redmond's assertions - Microsoft Office 365 Claims SEC 17a-4 Compliance - is this really a small detail? - and he adds real weight to the idea that mass adoption of the cloud among the financial services industry cannot be far off.

Soarsoft International Director, Chris Hathaway, agrees wholeheartedly with Haye's assessment, adding that "TransVault's white paper is a clear and factual assessment of Office 365's compliance and data governance solutions - a valuable asset amongst the myriad of frequently confusing opinions on Microsoft's service offerings." Hathaway elaborates on some common misconceptions about Microsoft, and their causes, in his article Misinformation about Office 365 abounds as third-party vendors fight for their lives.

To download your own copy of, Making Office 365 One-Stop-Shop for Email Records Compliance, please go to:

Soarsoft and TransVault aim to engage with South African IT decision makers at a breakfast seminar on the topic of migrating to Microsoft Office 365 on 31st August at Microsoft's Johannesburg office.


Since 2007 TransVault has led the market with its highly specialised e-mail archive migration solutions for the enterprise. When businesses encounter technological change brought on by a merger or acquisition, a planned shift to the cloud, or the obsolescence of their archive or storage solution - they turn to TransVault to preserve accessibility to their business records. Over 1 300 customers from around the world have relied on the TransVault architecture to protect the integrity of their valuable legacy data whilst ensuring chain-of-custody, faultless eDiscovery and seamless user accessibility - no matter the complexity of the migration, nor the archive platform. TransVault solutions are available through an accredited international network of partners with dedicated Migration Specialists certified on TransVault solutions. TransVault continues to achieve year-over-year growth and has become the preferred archive migration solution for global customers in all verticals, especially those with a heavy dependency on data sanctity and regulatory practices.

Soarsoft International

Soarsoft International provides Information Management Solutions that enable large and medium enterprises to efficiently capture, store, migrate, search, share and analyse unstructured data - like e-mails, instant messaging, documents and files.

Its suite of specialist solutions include:

* Messaging and collaboration;
* Content migration and cloud adoption;
* Archiving and ediscovery; and
* File analysis and enterprise search.

Soarsoft is a Global enterprise solutions provider and has deployed solutions to large organisations and sites in excess of 45 000 users. Some of the entities we have delivered solutions for include global brands such as Nielson, Barclay Card, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Old Mutual, Global Telecom and a number of internationally-based utilities and financial institutions.

In Southern Africa it has implemented solutions for a number of the largest and most prestigious mobile telcos, retailers, legal firms and financial and medical institutions, including the largest listed financial services group in Southern Africa.

Do you need assistance with transforming unstructured data and information in e-mail and file repositories? It will provide tailored solutions using trusted and proven technologies - get in touch to find out more

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