FileNet Corporation, a provider of enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, has announced a strategic alliance agreement with Network Appliance, Inc, a provider of enterprise network storage solutions. Under the agreement, FileNet and NetApp will align sales, marketing, development, and customer support activities to integrate and optimize FileNet ECM solutions with NetApp unified storage technologies. The alliance demonstrates FileNet's view of protected storage technologies as a critical and growing component to overall ECM deployment. Additionally, the partnership addresses customer needs for reduced complexity in deploying and managing integrated content management solutions that offer timely access to information for better faster decision making with lower total cost of ownership.
Both companies are working to ensure tight product integration, product validation, and support for the NetApp SnapLock regulated data and data permanence storage solution within both FileNet Image Manager and FileNet Content Manager suites, which are designed to enable companies to leverage their business content. SnapLock allows users to set records retention periods and prevent deletion of documents at the storage level on existing NetApp NearStore and Filer systems, forming a next-generation write-once, read-many (WORM) storage system. This nonrewritable, nonerasable magnetic disk storage protects data until a specified date, enabling companies to fulfill regulatory requirements reinforced by legislation such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Bill of 2002 and SEC-17A, which stipulates (in part) that documents must be retained by law for a certain time periods. Additionally, FileNet will participate in the NetApp Manage ONTAP partner program. Under the terms of the agreement, FileNet and NetApp also will develop a plan to support NetApp's SnapMirror disaster recovery and high availability software for FileNet ECM. SnapMirror replicates changed blocks of data to one of many NetApp appliances over local or wide area networks.