I'm looking for a 3rd party hosted software-as-a-service (saas) email archiving service that does not require me to host my email with them.

Is anyone aware of any?

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    How, then, would the email get there? Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 20:49
  • So basically you want a backup? Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 20:50
  • And logically, what legal relevance would that have if you could just suppress messages? Seriously, this is a case of "think about what you ask for". Archive Services are often used for / due to SOX (Sarbanes Oxley) and MUST be legally failsave. I.e. you can proove you did not manipulate them.
    – TomTom
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 20:50
  • @MichaelHampton - Inbound email would get there by having your MX records point to the provider. Spam services do it this way. Outbound email would get there by you specifying a smart host in your smtp server configuration. From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_host, "A smart host is a type of email message transfer agent which allows an SMTP server to route email to an intermediate mailserver rather than directly to the recipient’s server."
    – Howiecamp
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 20:52
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    @Emilio - except that shopping questions are against the rules and will be closed as "Not Constructive".
    – TheCleaner
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 21:05

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Yes, there are.

It works exactly the same way as hosted spam filtering. You change your MX record to point to their servers, and give them the IP address(es) of your real mail servers.

Mail from the internet goes to them, gets archived/filtered, and is sent on to your mail server.

Outgoing mail can be archived the same way, by using their servers as a smarthost in your mail server.

However, typically a setup like this will only cover external email, not mail sent to other users on your mail system. Some mail systems have ways to set up sending all local email to an external server first, or sending a copy there. The specifics will very depending on what platform your email is hosted on.

As to who provides such a service - that's a shopping question and off topic. But it can be done.

  • Thanks for being constructive and also thanks for explaining what a shopping question is.
    – Howiecamp
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 21:05

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