News | November 3, 2008

IBM Rolls Out Content Collection And Archiving Line Of Products

IBM has announced a family of products for archiving email, classifying content and searching multiple information sources -- independent of where and how the content was created, processed and archived called the Content Collection and Archiving products.

IBM said its Content Collection and Archiving offerings will help clients move beyond e-mail archiving to provide organizations with management capabilities for virtually all their business content, including file systems, Lotus Quickr, Microsoft SharePoint, instant messages and other information. The products offer functionality to meet legal eDiscovery and records management requirements as well as de-duplication and integration with records retention services, helping to reduce storage and electronic discovery costs.

Yorkshire Water, a subsidiary of Kelda Group, manages the collection, treatment and distribution of water, supplying around 1.24 billion liters of drinking water each day. With a combined IBM and Neocol UK offering, Yorkshire Water is using IBM software to help them integrate e-mail content with other documents and facilitate retention and archiving with associated storage management.

"IBM's Content Collection and Archiving offerings will help us to simplify tasks, including managing email archives and records management, while leveraging our existing content management platform to manage and control content over the long run," said Ian Marshall, Senior Technical Analyst, Yorkshire Water.

"Today, many organizations' needs have outgrown the limited business value of e-mail archiving as they seek better control and management of their content in support of their business goals," said Ken Bisconti, VP, product and strategy, IBM Enterprise Content Management. "Our Content Collection and Archiving products will help enable clients make more complete use of all their information and content, providing simplified, consistent usability while reducing costs and improving productivity for both business users and IT."

IBM Content Collector and Archiving is based on a secure and scalable IBM ECM platform, and is pre-built to take advantage of IBM ECM capabilities such as advanced classification, records management, and eDiscovery search and analytics, the company noted.

IBM's Content Collection and Archiving family consists of:

  • IBM Content Collector for Email: An automated, flexible and scalable offering that is designed to expand e-mail information usage for compliance, ECM, Business Process Management and Business Intelligence applications.
  • IBM Content Collector for File Systems: An enterprise offering for controlling documents on a network file share drives, enabling file system control, archiving, and eDiscovery collection.
  • IBM Content Collector Enterprise Bundle: A single Content Collection & Archiving bundle that collects, manages casually created content types -- e-mail (Domino or Exchange), file systems (Windows NTFS), and SharePoint -- delivered together with Contextual Classification capabilities.