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By David Roe                                                                                                                                                                                               
HyperOffice has added another cherry to the icing of its cloud-based collaboration suite with the addition of email archiving promising easy email retrieval without the expense of investing in on-premise software like Exchange 2010.

Given the interest in cloud-based office suites and the fact that HyperOffice, with the launch of its full, cloud-based collaboration suite last year, is looking to challenge players like Google Apps and Zoho, the addition of email archiving is going to give them added fire. HyperOffice’s Email Archiving

The new email offering basically does what it says with no surprises. It offers enterprises the ability to automatically store, index and backup all email passing through multiple user accounts in the company and place them in a centralized repository for as long as needed.

Depending on attributes assigned to the accounts, any email messages that were ever sent or received, attachments, or even deleted emails are secured, and retrievable through advanced email discovery tools.

And there’s the cruncher. The addition of email archiving corresponds with the growing regulatory environment that means now, even SMBs are being forced to look at data storage and the storage of critical business documents.

Until now it seems, SMBs have been playing it by ear in the face of the elevated costs of deploying on-premise email archiving like Exchange 2010.

We use Exchange as an example here because of the large numbers of companies using Outlook but also because HyperOffice’s email products come with Outlook integration, making it possible now with the archiving module to store emails directly from it into the cloud.

Single Solution Business Apps

HyperOffice says the idea behind it is to provide a single solution for business needs rather than having to go to third-party vendors and working with multiple add-ons.

While no pricing has been announced, when the full suite went on release last year, the entire package was priced at US $7 per month per user (as opposed to Google Apps’ US $50 per user per year), for companies with between three and 250 users.

To get pricing for this product you have to get in contact with HyperOffice, but it’s likely that it will be similarly cheap, and certainly a lot cheaper than on-premise software.

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