That said, I actually recommend looking around at the solutions available … there are other options. Brick-level...
backup software is expensive and slow. There are one or two vendors out there who provide the ability to get brick-level restore functionality *without* actually performing brick-level backups. In other words, these vendors can extract mailboxes or items directly from a standard backup tape/media.
I've heard of a number of cases where organizations are abandoning brick-level backup software because they have overrun their regularly-scheduled backup window -- in every case they are choosing brick-level recovery solutions as an alternative. Search for "message-level recovery" in your favorite Internet search engine and you should find some of these solutions.
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