StorageTek has announced a worldwide strategic alliance with IXOS Software AG, a provider of enterprise content management (ECM), to integrate a branded IXOS email archival solution and resell IXOS' archiving and ECM software with StorageTek's storage management solutions.
Through the alliance, IXOS intends to enable StorageTek to provide customers with the IXOS-eCONserver for Exchange and IXOS-eCONserver for Lotus as part of StorageTek's Email Xcelerator series of solutions. Additionally, StorageTek may resell the IXOS-eCON Solution Suite, which manages documents and data across the enterprise, including groupware, enterprise content, and email archives. This combined IXOS-StorageTek solution will enable companies to retain an unalterable archive of email for a fixed period of time, helping them comply with regulatory requirements as mandated by SEC 17a-4, Sarbanes-Oxley and Basel II. StorageTek and IXOS have already integrated the StorageTek Application Storage Manager (ASM) for Unix with the email solution suite, including Email ArchiveMaster and Email AuditMaster.
StorageTek plans to offer its customers an entire ECM solution. This offering includes storage devices, professional services to design and implement the proper infrastructure to optimize StorageTek's Information Lifecycle Management strategy, and the IXOS-eCON Solution Suite, an integrated platform to manage business documents in SAP, Siebel, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, and Lotus Notes environments, and custom applications. StorageTek will offer an ECM solution that enables customers to create, manage, and distribute Web content. In addition, the suite is designed to allows internal and external enterprise users to receive individualized access to important data and documents in real-time using a standard Web interface that is customized to match their corporate identity.