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Email Archiving: GFI Message Archiver vs. Barracuda Message Archiver?

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We're researching different email message archiving solutions. We're a school, running Exchange 2003 with about 250 mailboxes. Have a few faculty and executive staff who keep messages from several years back (or "don't have time" to delete items) and currently archive off to *.pst files. We're currently considering the GFI Message Archiver and Barracuda Message Archiver. We're a non-profit, so price is a large consideration; from what I can gather, Enterprise Vault might be too expensive for us. Any recommendations on the GFI product or the Barracuda Message Archiver Appliance? If anyone is using GFI, do you off load the messagesto a dedicated server or a SQL database? Thanks for any insight you can provide.
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I can only comment on GFI, as I have deployed it a number of times. I always put it on a dedicated server running SQL. Anything else was just a massive performance hit, certainly for that number of users.

Once it is setup it seems to just sit there and behave itself.

Simon.
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Can end users access the GFI archives from Outlook Web Access, or would they go to a separate GFI website?

Does the GFI Archive automatically appear in the users' Outlook Client, or does that have to be configured on the desktop?
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The last time I deployed it it used a separate web site, rather than stubbing. That may have changed, it has been some time since I actually deployed it.

Simon.
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Thanks - We're going with GFI. Good reviews, seems well supported and widely used. Can't seem to find any testimonials about the Barracuda Message Archiver; might be too new at this point, and I don't have time to be a guinea pig. Thanks!
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