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Mimosa Systems

January 19, 2010 09:00 ET

Alliance One International Standardizes on Mimosa NearPoint for Unified Content Archiving and Data Protection

Leading Leaf Tobacco Merchant Assures Adherence to Auditing and Compliance Requirements With Mimosa NearPoint

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - Mimosa Systems, the leader in next-generation email archiving, file archiving and SharePoint archiving solutions, today announced that Alliance One International, Inc., a leading independent leaf tobacco merchant serving the world's largest cigarette manufacturers, has standardized on Mimosa NearPointTM for unified email archiving and disaster recovery for its global operations. The tobacco processing company selected NearPoint for its zero-footprint architectural advantages and to reduce their overall Exchange Server storage footprint.

Alliance One International, Inc. (NYSE: AOI) an innovative, customer-focused market leader in the global leaf tobacco industry, selects, purchases, processes, packs, stores, and ships leaf tobacco and provides agronomy expertise and financing for the growing of leaf tobacco. As a publicly traded company operating in a regulated industry, Alliance One adheres to stringent auditing and compliance requirements. After evaluating the products of major email archiving vendors, Alliance One selected Mimosa NearPoint because it met all of its archiving, compliance reporting and storage management requirements in a unified solution.

"We needed a proactive, automated way to archive, organize and maintain our email records," said Martin Smith, Alliance One's enterprise administrator. "In the past, combing through countless records for various requests was like finding a needle in a haystack, and required significant human and financial capital. Now with the Mimosa NearPoint project underway and the U.S. rollout completed, we can perform requests on U.S. based mailboxes in a single afternoon. Better yet, authorized users can utilize NearPoint without IT involvement. It's simple and easy to use and delivers powerful results."

"We also needed a better way to manage our global exchange server stores which have been growing exponentially every year," added Martin. "Before NearPoint, we were facing shrinking backup windows and were experiencing issues due to exponential data growth. Now our disaster recovery issues are completely gone. With a single right click using NearPoint, we can restore Exchange or individual mailboxes instantly."

Alliance One International selected NearPoint because it offered the following key features:

--  Next-Generation Architecture: Mimosa NearPoint's unique architecture
    does not require journaling or any agents on either the Exchange Server or
    user desktops. This "zero footprint" architecture ensures that there is no
    impact on production Exchange Server performance.
    
--  Powerful Archiving: NearPoint streamlines Alliance One's archiving
    processes and lowers costs with advanced search capabilities and features
    including individual item-level email holds, conversation and proximity
    analysis and an intuitive search within a search -- while demonstrating
    chain of custody as archived content moves through the workflow.
    
--  Mailbox Storage Management: With NearPoint, Alliance One has reduced
    the storage requirements on its Exchange Server by 50 percent by migrating
    or extending attachments based on policies of age, document size, or
    mailbox size.
    
--  Simple "One-Click" Recovery:  Mimosa NearPoint gives Alliance One
    continuous protection of all its Exchange content.  NearPoint preserves all
    Exchange information disks, allows users to restore individual messages
    themselves via Outlook, and enables administrators to restore complete
    mailboxes and databases with a simple "one-click" operation.
    

"NearPoint is a powerful archiving solution with disaster recovery features that are ideally suited to highly regulated organizations like Alliance One," said T.M. Ravi, CEO of Mimosa Systems. "By automating the archiving process and optimizing storage management, NearPoint saves IT operations time, money and unnecessary headaches, all with zero impact on their Exchange production server."

About Mimosa NearPoint

Mimosa NearPoint addresses critical customer requirements around archiving, regulatory compliance, business continuity, eDiscovery and storage optimization in a unified solution. Mimosa NearPoint proactively captures email, files, SharePoint content and instant messages; and provides legal search workflow, employee supervision, immediate mailbox and message recovery, disaster recovery, and self-service search and access in one solution. By leveraging cost-effective storage and advanced classification rules, NearPoint also optimizes content storage and reduces overall infrastructure costs.

About Mimosa

Mimosa Systems, Inc. delivers next-generation email, file and SharePoint archiving solutions for information immediacy, discovery, and continuity. Mimosa NearPoint is the industry's most comprehensive unstructured information management software solution for email, files, collaboration systems and instant messages, enabling archiving, eDiscovery, storage management, and recovery in a unified solution. Mimosa is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, recognized for its competencies in networking infrastructure solutions, ISV/software solutions, and advanced infrastructure solutions. For more information, visit http://www.mimosasystems.com.

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