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Mimosa Systems

February 18, 2010 09:00 ET

Forest Oil Assures Compliance to Energy Regulations With Mimosa's Next-Generation Content Archiving Solution

North American Natural Gas and Crude Oil Corporation Standardizes on Mimosa NearPoint Integrated Archive for Rapid eDiscovery, Email Retention and End User Search Capabilities

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2010) -  Mimosa Systems, the leader in next-generation email archiving, file archiving, and SharePoint archiving solutions, today announced that Forest Oil Corporation, a leading North American energy company, has automated its email archiving and eDiscovery processes with the Mimosa NearPoint™ unified content archiving solution. Forest Oil has benefited from NearPoint's next-generation architecture and simplified end user search capabilities to reduce IT administration time while assuring compliance to energy industry regulations.

Forest Oil Corporation and its subsidiaries are engaged in the exploration, acquisition, development, production and marketing of natural gas and crude oil in North America and in selected international locations. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Forest Oil was first launched in northwestern Pennsylvania in 1916 and later incorporated in 1924, and has been publicly held since 1969. Today the company has principal reserves and producing properties in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, and in Canada and operates five distinct geographic Business Units, which include Canada, Eastern, Southern, Western and International.

The growing energy company heavily relies on its Exchange 2003 email infrastructure for business communication, particularly across its three offices in Denver, Houston and Calgary, plus numerous distributed remote offices. Since the energy industry is heavily regulated, email archiving is simply a "must have" application, so that the organization can be quickly responsive to discovery requests and assure regulatory compliance. As part of its overall email policy, Forest Oil had established stringent policies for retention and email size. Unfortunately, these policies created compounding issues because employees started saving PST files everywhere making discovery difficult and expensive to manage.

"It was nearly impossible to find what we needed during a discovery request and at times was like an Easter egg hunt," said Bob Killingsworth, Director, Technical Services, Forest Oil. "We simply couldn't afford to continue to do business this way and needed a proactive archiving solution. Users had also become very dependent on IT for all requests from eDiscovery to simple email restores. This was placing a huge burden on IT and pulled us away from our critical path."

Forest Oil evaluated a number of archiving vendors listed in the Gartner Magic Quadrant and selected Mimosa for its archiving requirements.

"When looking at an alternative archiving vendor we found its architecture to be complicated and overwhelming for us," added Killingsworth. "We are a lean and mean IT shop and we couldn't afford the overhead, or add additional resources to support the alternative solution. Mimosa's architecture was simple and designed from the ground up for Exchange and has zero impact on our production server. It's totally unique and valuable in the market. There's nothing else out there like it."

Since deploying NearPoint, Forest Oil has eliminated time consuming discovery requests that used to impact IT. The company's legal department can now perform eDiscovery on their own, in minutes through NearPoint's self service search features. The solution has also eliminated PST files and has centralized all email records into a central repository which gives them the assurance they need for compliance and to enforce consistent policies.

Features of Mimosa NearPoint that most benefit Forest Oil include:

  • Next-Generation Architecture: Mimosa NearPoint's unique architecture does not require journaling or any agents on either the Exchange Server or user desktops. This simplified the Forest Oil's deployment and ensured there was no impact on production Exchange Server performance.
  • Efficient and Comprehensive eDiscovery: Mimosa NearPoint has several features that expedite the eDiscovery process for Forest Oil by leveraging complete content capture. These features include individual item-level legal holds, conversation and proximity analysis, and an intuitive search within a search -- while demonstrating chain of custody as archived content moves through the workflow.
  • Self-service Search of Archived Data: Forest Oil employees have seamless self-service access to their archived data, enabling them to find potentially lost or deleted messages without IT assistance.
  • Storage Management and PST Archiving: Using NearPoint, Forest Oil administrators define policies that allow mailboxes on Exchange Servers to be extended to the NearPoint server using parameters such as message size, age, and mailbox quota. Forest Oil has eliminated PST files all together while providing users with better, faster access to all email data.

"For heavily regulated industries, like energy, NearPoint delivers the comprehensive eDiscovery and records retention features needed to assure regulatory compliance," said T.M. Ravi, CEO, Mimosa Systems. "Yet, equally important, NearPoint performs this without adding any additional burden or resource requirements on IT staff. In fact, organizations often see a dramatic decrease in IT administration time by automating processes that would often require staff support to perform and increasing overall employee productivity."

About Mimosa NearPoint
Mimosa NearPoint addresses critical customer requirements around archiving, eDiscovery, regulatory compliance, business continuity, 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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