Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Bloomberg Customers

Archiving E-mail to Prepare for Electronic Discovery

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on January 22, 2009

Although we typically deal with medium to large companies looking to get control of litigation preparedness and e-discovery, we also get questions from smaller corporations. Typically these are in the vein of “How are we supposed to start preparing for possible litigation-driven discovery?” These questions usually come from over-worked IT or litigation support people who have modest resources and no enterprise infrastructure.

My response is the same: By some estimates, approximately 70% to 80% of the information collected during e-discovery is in the form of e-mail, so start there. A key consideration is e-mail archives, as most small businesses don’t typically make the significant investment in enterprise e-mail archive products.

The good news is that the delivery vehicle of software-as-a-service is making e-mail archiving available to small and medium-sized businesses in a predictable, cost-effective manner. For example, Google Apps Security Services is an excellent place to start, and at $25 per year per mailbox for unlimited e-mail archiving, the price is quite attractive.

Not having a billion in revenues is no excuse for not being prepared for e-discovery. Take simple, affordable steps now to minimize your risk by archiving your e-mail and protect your assets from litigation later.

Tom Thimot
San Francisco

Reader Comments

Charles Weston

February 17, 2009 11:34 AM

Another good solution for email archiving is archive manager.

It has actually saved used money by really reducing the storage space needed for email archiving.

Post a comment



Want to improve the way you run your business? Entrepreneurs, academics, and consultants from diverse industries offer practical advice on a variety of topics each business day.

To submit a tip for consideration, first check our archive of previous tips to make sure you're not repeating a tip someone has already contributed. Then send the tip to Small Business channel contributor Michelle Dammon Loyalka. Because of the volume of material she receives, she may not respond to each individual.

BW Mall - Sponsored Links

Buy a link now!