Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., introduced solutions designed to help companies address the growing need to store and manage email and other unstructured content.

Delivered by the company's Global Solution Services (GSS) division, HDS today announced two e-mail archiving solutions, the Message Archive for Compliance, which enables companies to retain an unalterable archive of e-mail and instant messages for the fixed period of time mandated by SEC 17a4, Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II and other regulatory requirements, and the Message Archive for E-Mail, which removes size-limits from user e-mail boxes. As part of today's news, HDS also announced the Archival Policy Design Service to help customers institute policies that remove the challenge of administering burgeoning e-mail infrastructures and satisfy e-mail-specific regulations.

IDC forecasts that the total number of e-mails sent daily worldwide is growing from 9.7 billion in 2000 to 35 billion in 2005. The increasing growth of unstructured content – including e-mail, instant messages, documents and images – will soon outstrip the storage requirements of traditional structured data. The requirements for managing these content types differ from structured data, where increased demand can be addressed by simply adding more storage capacity to existing data centers. By contrast, managing unstructured content requires a new, solutions-based approach that addresses the regulatory compliance challenges facing customers.

The Message Archive for Compliance solution enables companies to retain an unalterable archive of e-mail and instant messages for the fixed period of time mandated by key regulatory requirements. This solution is fully indexed and searchable, allowing companies to more efficiently respond to audits, discovery requests or other situations where prompt delivery of unaltered email is critical.

The Message Archive for E-mail removes difficult-to-administer e-mail inbox size limits. Administrators and end users can establish archival rules that migrate messages from primary to secondary storage yet preserve the client interface – making archived e-mail readily accessible, searchable, and retrievable.

Both e-mail archive solutions introduced today are built on the industry- leading Hitachi Lightning 9900 V and Thunder 9500 V Series storage systems and IXOS-eCONserver software for message archiving.

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