Businesses generate and consume massive amounts of email and instant messaging communications. For a large number of reasons, some businesses must retain all of that data and produce it on demand. Google has introduced Google Apps Vault - a new service for Google Apps for Business customers that promises streamlined data retention and e-discovery.
Google Vault enables Google Apps for Business customers to search through archived communications based on dates, senders, recipients, or labels to quickly locate the desired information. Vault relies on the same Google infrastructure that Google Apps for Business customers already count on. Because it's a Web-based solution, there are no hardware or infrastructure costs involved, and the service can be activated and deployed in minutes.
Google Vault provides a single archive for Gmail and instant messaging, where the data is managed in-place. Authorised administrators can have access to all of your Gmail and on-the-record chats which can provide significant savings to your business over the traditional costs of archiving and eDiscovery.