EMC, Tumbleweed Tackle e-Mail Storage

Friday May 2nd 2003 by boston.internet.com Staff
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A joint offering helps financial and health care firms comply with new federal regulations to archive messages.

Tumbleweed Communications has integrated its Message Monitor software with EMC Centera data storage systems.

The combined offering is aimed at financial service and health care companies, which under new federal regulations such as HIPAA, must store e-mails from three to 10 years (depending on the industry).

"The (joint product) provides customers with a longterm electronic records archive capable of offering both online access and record authentication," said Roy Sanford, a vice president with Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC.

Tumbleweed's e-mail filtering application flags suspected violations of securities industry regulations using word analysis and policy engines. It can process hundreds of thousands of messages per day and is folded into the EMC Centera API .

Unlike tape and other systems, Centera allows access to all stored messages in the archive at disk-access speeds, meeting the requirements for "easy accessibility" outlined by regulations. It can also be scaled by adding new nodes, each of which can provide up to 1 terabyte of capacity.

The goal of the new product is to "drive down their costs of regulatory compliance," said Bill Bradford, a vice president at Redwood City, Calif.-based Tumbleweed.

Founded in 1993, Tumbleweed has amassed a large customer base in financial services and health care, including JP Morgan Chase & Co., Salomon Smith Barney, TD Waterhouse, St. Luke's Episcopal Healthcare Systems, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The company also provides collaboration, content security, and anti-spam software.

This story originally appeared on internetnews.com.

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