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Micro Focus Retain positioned as the sole "Challenger" the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Each year Gartner evaluates vendors offering products and services that provide archiving for email, social media, files and other content types. Micro Focus (GWAVA) Retain is proud to have improved its position for the third consecutive year within the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA)3, and has been positioned as the only Challenger on the report. This is Retain's fifth inclusion in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.


We believe that Retain’s archiving and eDiscovery capabilities are important because, as Gartner has stated, “By 2019, 75% of organizations will treat archived data as an active and “nearline” data source, and not simply as a separate repository to be viewed or searched periodically, up from less than 10% today.”1

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About Retain Unified Archiving

Retain is a multi platform software solution that provides unified archiving for email, social media posts, and mobile device communication data with Retain Unified Archiving. Deployed on-premises or in the cloud, Retain focuses on email archiving, with native support for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Gmail, Micro Focus GroupWise, and Lotus Domino, but also supports archiving of all electronic business communication, including data created on mobile devices and social media. For mobile devices, Retain archives Android, BlackBerry, and iOS, including SMS/text messages, BBM Messages, BBM Enterprise, phone call logs, and PIN Messages. For social media, Retain archives Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Periscope, Pinterest, Flicker, Vimeo and YouTube. Built-in litigation support tools for performing e-discovery are also included at no additional cost. Retain provides multiple ways to access the archive, including through Retain's Web Access Archive Viewer and the Retain Archive App. Retain also offer connectors to SharePoint and other enterprise content management systems, as well as EFFS solutions such as OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, and others.

Archive Email:

Retain archives Office 365 email, Exchange email, Gmail email, and GroupWise email platforms.

Archive Social Media and Instant Messages:

Retain Social provides archiving, and monitoring of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, and Google+, as well as archiving YouTube and Vimeo videos and comments. Retain also provides important data insights by allowing you to see all archived social media content, on and off the network, in message context to help identify the tone of all posts.

Archive Web Searches:

Retain captures, monitors, filters, blocks and archives web searches of your end-users on search engines and web services including Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube, and Wikipedia.

Archive Mobile Device Data:

Retain archives mobile device communication data for Android, BlackBerry, andiOS. Retain Mobile archives SMS/MMS, BBM Enterprise and phone call logs for Android, and BBM, BBM Enterprise, PIN, SMS/MMS and phone call logs for BlackBerry. Additionally, Retain archives all encrypted SMS/Text messages and dedicated business phone number data for iOS and Android, via the secure communications server, as well as BBM Enterprise.


For more than a decade GWAVA remains unsurpassed at protecting electronic messaging infrastructures and providing those systems with superior unified archiving. GWAVA is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec with offices throughout the US, Germany, and the United Kingdom. GWAVA maintains a network of global strategic partners with BlackBerry, Samsung, Microsoft and Verizon. GWAVA was recently acquired by Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L), a global software company based in Newbury, U.K.. Information on GWAVA can be found at

About Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Gartner, Inc.'s Magic Quadrant positions vendors in a particular market segment based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute.

Gartner defines Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA) as, “products and solutions for archiving user content (such as email, files, IM and SharePoint documents) and other data types (such as structured data, websites and social media content). These products provide features such as data reduction across content types, retention management, content indexing and at least basic tools for e-discovery. Due to the complexity associated with managing multiple data types within an archive, EIA can more broadly encompass capabilities like federated archive repository management, and common policy management for migration, retention and discovery across multiple repositories.

Source: 1 Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving, Alan Dayley, Garth Landers, Anthony Kros, Jie Zhang, 10 November 2014

Source: 2 Gartner, Inc., <em>Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving</em>, Alan Dayley, Garth Landers, Anthony Kros, 29 October 2015

Source: 3 Gartner, Inc.,Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving, Alan Dayley, Garth Landers, Anthony Kros, 5 December 2016.

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You can view the previous Gartner Enterpise Information Archiving Analyst reports here: 
2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant | 2015 Magic Quadrant