When an Age in Place Strategy can Make Sense for Journals

Posted by Darwin Lee on Jan 03, 2019 Last updated Feb 06, 2024

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What happens when an enterprise journal is simply too big to move to Office 365?

The benefits of re-locating on-premises email archives into Office 365 are massive:

  • Decommission expensive on-prem archive service – TICK
  • Keep end users productive – TICK
  • Manage eDiscovery in one place – TICK
  • Centralize your data governance – TICK


But what if the sheer amount of data you would need to migrate is a barrier?


A Transvault partner recently encountered an organization with well over a Petabyte stored in their on-premises journal archive.

Transvault delivers the ultimate way to ensure compliance in Office 365 by breaking out journal content into individual custodian mailboxes.

You can also use it to deliver less optimal (but workable as long as you understand the caveats) routes that include migration to shared mailboxes in Office 365 and migration to a journal archive in the cloud.


Option Pros Cons
Migrate journal contents to individual custodian mailboxes in Office 365 (advanced) Ideal for accurate eDiscovery & retention management Would take a long time to carry out
Migrate to shared mailboxes in Office 365 Relatively easy to achieve Adds risk and complication to the eDiscovery process
Migrate to third-party journal archive Relatively easy to achieve
Good eDiscovery depending on cloud platform
Additional storage costs
Separate eDiscovery process

Although the latter options would be faster overall, the quantity of data that needed to be moved was still prohibitive.


Can we leave it where it is?

An alternative strategy the client wanted to explore was to simply leave the journal archive where it was – i.e. in their Enterprise Vault archive on-premises – and letting it ‘age in place’ over a number of years.

Although this approach meant there would be nothing to migrate, they quickly realized that there would be some challenges in handling future eDiscovery requests.


In particular:

  • Keeping their old archive fully operational and accessible on-premises would incur high software, hardware and operational costs
  • They would need to pay for (and learn to use) the EV Discovery Accelerator tool


How Transvault eases an ‘Age In Place’ approach

By adding Transvault’s unique journal handling capabilities into a ‘let’s leave it where it is’ strategy, you can:


  • Perform targeted collection of relevant records according to date ranges and custodians
  • Upload the results into Office 365 (or other platform) for eDiscovery
  • Access email records direct from the archive store (i.e. no need to keep your archive software ‘running’)
  • Audit all activity and maintain full chain-of-custody as data is moved
  • Manage the deletion of journal data according to your retention policies


Find out more about your journal migration options or get in touch to speak to us about your requirements!