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Office 365 Journaling in Azure

What? No Journal?

When you move to Office 365, you’ll discover there’s no equivalent to the Exchange single-instanced journal mailbox.

Instead, you have the option to:

1) use Office 365’s Retention Policies to preserve data (even if users delete it),

2) keep an Exchange server running on-premises to provide email journaling, or

3) use a third-party archive in the cloud (with the risk of high exit charges at a later date).

Now you can meet your regulatory and business needs for email capture and retention in Microsoft Azure and on your terms.

Cloud Essentials delivers a SaaS-based compliance journal in Azure, complete with long-term archiving, policy-based retention management and powerful eDiscovery.

By hosting your journal in your own Azure tenancy (or ours if you prefer), you get a secure, low-cost, zero lock-in approach to meeting your legislative and business compliance storage and data discovery needs relating to email.

Other items you can capture and store for as long as you want include::

  • Teams conversations
  • Other IM sources
  • Office 365 Audit Logs
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Conventional email journalling VS the equivalent in Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 email journalling in Azure

By simply configuring Office 365 Journal Rules you can capture a single-instanced journal stream into compliant storage in Azure, either in your Azure tenant or ours, with the option of WORM storage.

Our highly scalable SMTP service offers high performance and failover.  You also get fast eDiscovery and export with role-based access control and auditing.

Combine your legacy journals and ongoing Office 365 journals in one place.

Historic emails from your on-premises Exchange journals can be securely migrated into the same secure journal location in Azure.

You can also migrate journals that have been captured in third-party archives such as Enterprise Vault and Mimecast, ensuring vital envelope data (including BCC’d recipient and distribution list member meta-data) is properly reconstructed and fully discoverable.

This means you can perform reliable and efficient email eDiscovery in one place, in the knowledge that you are including everything – not just the emails you’ve been capturing since you moved to Office 365.

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Perform eDiscovery in the cloud and streamline the process of collecting relevant content.

Advanced search & eDiscovery.

Our SaaS journal includes eDiscovery features for creating cases, placing holds and retention policies, performing fast, scalable and targeted searches, and exporting cases with role-based access control.

You can perform complex searching or basic keyword and metadata queries. You can also look for Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and other sensitive data such as credit card numbers.

If required, end users can also access journaled email that belongs to them using a web-based access interface. In the Web portal, users can browse, search, and retrieve their items according to security policies and custodian access controls.

Data Management Features

The Cloud Essentials SaaS journal provides:

  • Immutable storage
  • Legal hold
  • Case access rights
  • Auditing
  • Export to mailboxes & PSTs
  • Export of metadata
  • Encryption
  • Reporting
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What makes the Cloud Essentials SaaS Journal different?

A critical aspect of our SaaS journaling and archive service is the cancel-at-any-time, pay-as-you-go subscription.

Unlike other cloud vendors that charge exorbitant extraction fees, the cost of extracting your data is simply metered to Azure egress costs.

This makes it super easy and low cost to move your email if your plans change.

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