Hitachi Data Systems and IXOS Software, a provider of enterprise content management, have reached a worldwide software development and distribution agreement. As a result of this agreement, Hitachi Data Systems will provide IXOS' archiving and enterprise content management software to its customers and will integrate IXOS' products into Hitachi's storage management software suite.
This relationship will also allow for Hitachi Data Systems' new email archiving solutions, which are delivered by Hitachi Data Systems' Global Solutions Services division and powered by IXOS-eCONserver software. They will be available in two versions: Message Archive for Compliance, which enables companies to retain an unalterable archive of email and instant messages for the fixed period of time mandated by SEC 17a4, Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II and other regulatory requirements, and Message Archive for EMail, which removes email inbox size limits.
IXOS' software will provide Hitachi Data Systems with the ability to associate meta data with stored content, enabling content to be located and retrieved based on standard document attributes-regardless of its location. These attributes can include creation date, author, recipient, subject or indexed terms in a document.
Hitachi Data Systems' Global Solution Services division will distribute IXOS products as part of its integrated solutions framework. The newly announced Message Archive for Compliance solution integrates the IXOS-eCONserver software for message archiving with Hitachi's recently announced Open LDEV Guard virtual WORM (Write Once Read Many) data retention management software. Hitachi and IXOS will integrate additional products to make archival capabilities a core application to Hitachi enterprise storage offerings.