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Sun Microsystems Inc. has introduced a product it says will help midsized and large businesses comply with regulatory requirements and corporate governance policies while managing content in a more comprehensive way than its previous offering.

The Sun Compliance and Content Management Solution is built on the compliance platform from records compliance management vendor AXS-One Inc. of Rutherford, N.J. The product allows users to manage all electronic records—including e-mail, messaging, documents, databases and images—from a single platform.

This process allows financial institutions, government agencies and others to more easily comply with a variety of federal regulations by providing fast and comprehensive access to information, said Ed Valdez, Sun’s vice president of solutions marketing. The regulations include Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), SEC 17a-4 and Gramm-Leach-Bliley.

The product runs on Solaris 10, which offers military-grade security, as well as Sun StorEdge SAM-FS file system software. The system, which scales from 1,000 users to more than 100,000 users, uses a single, Web-based search screen for all records. A reference architecture approach provides added robustness and scalability, Valdez said.

The Sun Compliance and Content Management Solution, which is intended to be Sun’s baseline platform for future compliance and content management solutions, comes on the heels of the company’s business continuity solution, announced in October, and follows the introduction of the secure Solaris 10, introduced in November.

“Used in conjunction with these other solutions, it rolls everything into one, providing the benefits of business continuity and the steel-trap assurance of military-grade security,” Valdez said.

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In addition to providing archival retrieval and search capability for regulatory compliance purposes, the content management component can be a boon to many different types of companies.

“Look at the call-center environment. When you get access to an agent, that agent doesn’t necessarily have comprehensive access on one screen to all of the inquiries, information and intelligence they need to address your questions or concerns,” Valdez said. “With this solution, that agent has access to the entire corporate database.”

Sun’s partnership with AXS-One shows Sun’s willingness and commitment to expanding its presence in the compliance market, much as it has with its digital asset management, business intelligence and data warehousing products, Gartner analyst Carolyn DiCenzo said in a prepared analysis.

DiCenzo noted that both Sun and AXS-One, as well as customers from both companies, will benefit from this partnership. Not only will Sun be able to offer its customers a more robust e-mail archiving solution, but AXS-One will gain market recognition through its partnership with a large vendor, she said.

The Sun Compliance and Content Management Solution will replace Sun’s Infinite Mailbox, a content management solution for archiving and managing large amounts of data.

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