Symantec Buys LiveOffice To Offer Hosted eDiscovery. The SaaS March To No Servers Continues.

I fondly remember the days when Norton Anti-Virus, with Peter Norton’s crossed arms and I think smiling face on the front of the box were the reigning software of the day. I had so many of those 3.5″ floppy diskettes, they competed against AOL for their 3.5″ floppy diskettes for space on my desk.

Today things are quite different. AOL is no longer a leader in media, as it was in the beginning days of the Internet. Yet other companies are quickly morphing to lead the growth into a server-less world. Dell’s clearly doing that and others are as well, including Symantec.

Symantec recently announced their $115 Million purchase of LiveOffice, a cloud vendor that helps you ensure your email is ready for electronic discovery (or ediscovery) and if you’re ever in court you can make available what you need to make available.

While companies want to (and know they must) ensure their employees can be free to leverage corporate information off the corporate network they also must still control access to the information, it’s a challenge.

This announcement showcases that Symantec (a big company) is able to continue to morph and offer services for its customers in a SaaS based model but also reminds us all of the importance of ensuring our records (from all employees) are easily available to courts should this be required.

Your email is not a static transactional process that goes in and out of a big whole. No, it could be called upon to be presented in a court of law and if you’re not able to produce it to satisfy a court you and your company an expect some serious legal issues.

Symantec’s press release reads:

By implementing the proper controls for information retention and protection, organizations can confidently allow their employees to share information freely. This provides a critical edge in a world where corporate information is increasingly accessed from a wider variety of devices (including smartphones and tablets), shared via social media, and stored in the cloud. The organization’s ability to secure this information, while allowing employees the ability to access it virtually anywhere, improves employee productivity and reduces information risk.

 

 

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Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com . Editor and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook

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