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Acquisition enables ZANTAZ to Deliver End-to-End Solutions for Compliance, Electronic Discovery and Storage Management to European Businesses


LONDON (1 April 2004) – ZANTAZ, Inc., the leader in e-communications management solutions for compliance, electronic discovery and storage management, announced it has acquired EDUCOM TS Inc., a pioneer in the development of email archiving solutions. The acquisition brings together the market leader for hosted compliance and electronic discovery solutions and the industry’s best-of-breed onsite email archiving and management solution, to create the only single-source provider of end-to-end e-communications management solutions for compliance, electronic discovery and storage management.

Steve King, President and CEO, ZANTAZ says: “Electronic communications are among the most strategic—and scrutinised—assets in any organisation. ZANTAZ has led the market in providing innovative solutions to help organisations manage e-communications, such as email, to meet compliance and legal requirements. The addition of EDUCOM significantly extends our ability to meet the full range of needs of our global customer base by providing both a suite of hosted and onsite e-communications solutions.”

With hundreds of existing European customers acquired from EDUCOM, including Abbey Bank and SEB, one of the largest financial and banking groups in Northern Europe, ZANTAZ will further its market position and offer a wider range of e-communications management solutions in Europe. Additionally, the acquisition provides ZANTAZ an established network of approximately 70 distributors and resellers worldwide. In the UK and Europe, ZANTAZ’ key distribution partner is Essential Computing, a leading supplier of specialist software and services for electronic mail connectivity and management.

Keith Quinn, Managing Director at Essential Computing, says: “European companies have been aware of the necessity for effective email and electronic file storage and archiving for some time to help reduce costs, ensure seamless business continuity and protect intellectual property. They are now realising they can benefit from the same technologies to meet compliance and data protection regulations in the UK and Europe. The acquisition of EDUCOM by ZANTAZ allows us to offer companies an even broader set of compliance and storage management solutions to meet the challenges being placed upon them.”

EDUCOM’s innovative technology and staff expertise accelerates the development and delivery of ZANTAZ’ solutions across a broad set of industries, including financial, legal, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, utilities, manufacturing and government. The acquisition also positions ZANTAZ for rapid expansion into new international markets such as Europe, Australia, Asia, South Africa, Latin and South America, and the Middle East.

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“The combination of ZANTAZ’ hosted solution and EDUCOM’s onsite offering strengthens ZANTAZ’ leadership position in the marketplace,” said Peter Gerr, Research Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group. “By offering a deployment neutral solution, this acquisition enables ZANTAZ to better meet the wide-ranging needs of customers in terms of regulatory compliance, email archiving, message management and legal discovery. The acquisition also extends ZANTAZ' reach well beyond the industries and geographies it currently serves.”

Editorial Information
ZANTAZ was first to market with email and IM archiving solutions designed specifically to address U.S. securities industry book and record retention, access and retrieval requirements. U.S securities regulations require data to be secure from tampering, yet easily accessible. ZANTAZ solutions meet the most stringent security standards, while its proprietary indexing technology allows for fast searching and instant retrieval by authorized users. And they offer unprecedented, unmatched scalability to suit even the largest enterprises and their ever-expanding needs. ZANTAZ’ hosted solutions include the secure Digital Safe archiving service, Digital Supervisor content monitoring service, Audit Center discovery service, and MegaTape Restore data restoration service. ZANTAZ’ onsite solutions include Exchange Archive Solution (EAS™), EAS Storage and Retention Manager (EAS-StoRM) and EAS-Search.

ZANTAZ EAS provides organisations with a better way to manage email records across geographically dispersed locations. EAS provides centrally managed and administered control of email policies while still allowing for regional dependencies and administration of messages. By moving email storage outside the Microsoft Exchange environment, companies can realise storage savings as high as 80%. Back-up and recovery time is also shortened, as is migration to newer versions of Microsoft Exchange.

With EAS, ZANTAZ can now deliver an onsite solution that meets the full range of email retention requirements, significantly reducing email server load, securing intellectual property, and empowering end-users to easily access, retrieve and restore email regardless of their geographic location. The EAS architecture also provides a platform for the long-term management of other electronic documents and correspondence such as electronic files, faxes and instant messages.

About ZANTAZ
ZANTAZ is the leading provider of end-to-end e-communications management solutions for compliance, electronic discovery and storage management. ZANTAZ solutions help clients protect their intellectual property, efficiently comply with industry regulations, respond to urgent litigation, and reduce email server load. Through proven, highly scalable technology, strategic relationships with partners and resellers worldwide and extensive e-communications management expertise, ZANTAZ delivers customer-driven solutions to a broad set of vertical markets. These solutions enable companies to better manage business risk, enhance user access to information and strengthen legal and regulatory compliance. For further information, visit www.zantaz.com, or call 800.636.0095.

About Essential Computing
Based in the UK, messaging experts Essential Computing Limited is the European distributor of ZANTAZ EAS. Essential has, over the past ten years, been involved with many of Europe's top companies assisting them with their messaging strategy including the provision of solutions that aided migration from legacy email environments to Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes.

For additional information, please visit the Essential Web home page at www.exchangearchivesolution.com

For further information please contact:

James Cooper
Ascendant Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 208 241 6226
E-mail: jcooper@ascendcomms.net

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