SOURCE: iLumin Software Services

March 28, 2005 09:00 ET

iLumin Unveils Latest Email Management Suite for Advanced Lifecycle Management

iLumin's Assentor Enterprise 3.4 Delivers Flexible Retention Policy Management and Enhanced Support for High-Volume Enterprise Message Processing

RESTON, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 28, 2005 -- iLumin Software Services, Inc., a leading provider of email management solutions, today released Assentor Enterprise 3.4, which includes features that provide Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) capabilities to help companies control how a message is stored, where the message is stored and for how long. Corporate, regulatory and compliance policies are requiring IT departments to store higher message volumes for more users for longer periods of time. With Assentor, organizations can flexibly support records management policies while achieving a lower total cost of ownership for their email infrastructure and operations.

Assentor Enterprise 3.4 enables IT administrators to establish email and instant message retention policies at the message level -- based on a number of attributes including line of business or organizational hierarchy. Many firms have retention policies that are very different across their lines of business or departments. For example, firms have instituted policies that require the retention of their finance department emails for seven years on WORM media to support their Sarbanes-Oxley initiatives. Retention policies for other departments are often quite shorter in duration and require less expensive storage platforms. With Assentor 3.4, companies can optimize their message archival to support compliance while achieving the lowest total cost of storage. In addition, they can remove the storage burden from their corporate email servers while still providing seamless end user access to their archives.

"Company policies regarding email retention not only vary from company to company, they differ among departments within a company," said Mike Gundling, senior vice president of product management at iLumin Software Services. "Assentor's flexible records management functionality can manage the myriad of requirements--the most stringent policy for a given email will be enforced--regardless of all the other jurisdictions governing the message. Beyond the assistance with changing regulatory requirements, Assentor's flexibility creates a quantifiable ROI by retaining messages efficiently and reducing the total size of the corporate email store."

Through Assentor Enterprise, iLumin offers a highly scalable suite of email management solutions for all departments and users, from the CEO to the system administrator to individual end users. Assentor provides records management, discovery, litigation support and supervision features within a mail storage management framework that cuts an organization's total message management costs by reducing storage requirements and improving backup and recovery times.

Assentor is interoperable with the world's leading storage platforms and can be deployed to meet virtually any email volume requirement. Today, Assentor systems manage more than 1.5 million mailboxes and more than 50 billion messages per year. Assentor Enterprise 3.4 provides optimized storage APIs with benchmarks to support millions of messages and several hundreds of gigabytes of email per day -- capable of managing the most demanding tasks for the highest-volume email systems in the world.

Assentor's open storage architecture enables customers to leverage the scalability and performance of their strategic storage platforms including the IBM DR550, EMC Centera, NetApp SnapLock, Permabit Permeon and StorageTek LFCM 100 storage platforms. Customers can now use Assentor's new functionality to align the importance of the email with the appropriate storage medium.

"More companies now view the management and preservation of their email as a strategic investment that enables c-level issues, such as regulatory compliance, maximizing the return on enterprise storage resources, and accelerating electronic discovery to be addressed proactively," said Peter Gerr, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "iLumin's latest release of Assentor expands on the solution's flexibility and value to satisfy the needs of all business units across an organization."

Advancing Assentor's Market Leading Compliance Solution

Assentor Enterprise 3.4 includes many enhancements to its market leading Compliance module including new reports to support the most demanding regulatory audit and investigation processes. For example, customers can use an enhanced reporting mechanism to see the percentage of messages quarantined by user group. In addition to using this system for general corporate supervision, the reporting system helps firms comply with NASD regulations by making evidence of review instantly available.

This version of Assentor can also create product and system administrator audit reports, enabling a firm to track any changes made to the Assentor system settings. All policy modifications for users, groups, supervision and retention settings are tracked and available in online reports.

Pricing and Availability

iLumin's Assentor 3.4 is available immediately and is a free upgrade for existing customers.

About iLumin

iLumin provides a comprehensive suite of enterprise email management tools that maximize the business value of corporate email systems, lower the total cost of ownership and effectively manage the risks inherent with these systems. To address the ever-growing challenges of today's corporate messaging systems, iLumin's Assentor Enterprise delivers archiving and retention management, mail storage management, discovery and litigation support, regulatory compliance and corporate supervision solutions for the world's largest organizations.

For information about iLumin, visit www.ilumin.com, email info@iLumin.com or call 800-619-1408.

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