Email management firm Mimecast has expanded its cloud-based archive service with a tool to let BlackBerry users search through their entire personal archive direct from their handset.
The BlackBerry archive search add-on, available immediately, is a client-side app that integrates with the device's standard email application, so that users do not need to step outside this to search through their personal archive, according to the firm.
"Users don't need to browse to another application, our service adds options to search their Mimecast archive alongside the native BlackBerry search facility," said Mimecast enterprise consultant Barry Gill.
Gill told V3 that the new capability is likely to prove most attractive to those in the legal sector, where Mimecast already has a strong presence, but that any organisation with BlackBerry users should find it useful.
The new tool builds on Mimecast's Email Archive service, which securely stores customer emails in a cloud-based repository.
This typically uses the built-in Journaling feature of Microsoft Exchange to forward messages, but Mimecast said it can also support BlackBerry users running on a Lotus Domino or Novell Groupwise back-end.
When a user searches their archive, the query is executed on Mimecast's cloud, according to Gill, taking the burden off the customer's mail server.
Pricing for the BlackBerry archive search add-on is £20 per named BlackBerry user per year, on top of the licensing costs for Mimecast's Email Archive service, the company said.
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