There was a really interesting announcement made for enterprise customers who are using Office 365. One of the biggest differentiators of Office 365 is its focus on provide enterprise ready compliance solutions. Today Office 365 provides rich solutions for retention, archiving, eDiscovery, and Legal Hold across Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Office Online and Skype for Business online.
So what is new? The Office 365 compliance features can now be used for archiving non-Microsoft data. Once the non-Microsoft data is archived in Office 365, the Office 365 compliance and eDiscovery solutions can be used on that data.
This will be enabled through partner solutions such as Actiance and Globanet. These solutions provide the ability to bring in data from such solutions as Twitter, Facebook, Yammer, LinkedIN, Yahoo messenger, GoogleTask, Cisco Jabber, Box, DropBox, etc. into Office 365. This is available because of the new auto-expanding archives solutions in Office 365. Remember that depending of on the plan purchased each user has unlimited storage in mailboxes. There is an import services that allows organizations to import TBs of data. These partner solutions take advantage of this import service.
Now when your compliance officer can do eDiscovery, retention and hold across Office 365 and all of this other non-Microsoft data. This is very exciting and very empowering.
Announcing auto-expanding, highly scalable archives for Office 365 email - https://blogs.office.com/2015/06/03/announcing-auto-expanding-highly-scalable-archives-for-office-365-email/
Announcing archiving for non-Microsoft data in Office 365 - https://blogs.office.com/2015/06/30/announcing-archiving-for-non-microsoft-data-in-office-365/