Why PSTs are Such a Bad Idea in the Cloud
PSTs, or Personal Storage Tables, arrived in the days of 25 MB mailboxes and 3 KB messages. They still linger on today, but when most Exchange mailboxes are in the cloud, isn’t it time to drop this antiquated technology?
The short answer is yes. Given today’s network and cloud capabilities, there’s no reason for people to store email in PSTs. Moving messages into PSTs compromises data governance and compliance strategies and expose organizations to risk if important information is lost, corrupted, or compromised by hackers. Given the large (100 GB) mailboxes and expandable archives available to Exchange Online users, no reason exists for anyone to keep email in a PST.
Join Tony Redmond (Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services) and Mike Weaver (Technical Product Manager at Quest Software), for a discussion about why PSTs are an obsolete and potentially dangerous storage location for email. They’ll discuss:
- Recent developments within Office 365 which make PSTs even less attractive than before.
- Security and compliance issues for PSTs.
- How to move PST data into the cloud.
- How to block people from using PSTs.
Tony and Mike will talk about the advantages that organizations gain by having their data in the cloud and how to protect the data. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and debate the issues. At the end of the day, we think you’ll agree that PSTs should be consigned to history.