IBM Seeks to Simplify Content Management

Big Blue unveils a host of new content management products, including software for small to medium-size businesses and Linux shops.

IBM announced Wednesday a host of new content management products, including new software for small to medium-size businesses and Linux shops as well as new content management integration offerings and records management product enhancements.

DB2 Content Manager Express, a lower-end offering for the SMB market, has the same client experience as the companys enterprise-class product but has limited scalability, is limited to two processors, and does not include support for hierarchical storage management or distributed resource management.

The "sweet spot" for the product is companies with 500 to 1,000 employees, officials said.

IBM also announced a Linux version of DB2 Content Manager that supports Red Hat, SuSE and United Linux.

Other new products include a DB2 Content Manager Adapter for WebSphere Business Integrator, which allows a content manager to access content from and share content with other applications; and Lotus Workplace Web Content Management for DB2 Content Manager, the product IBM acquired from Aptrix earlier this year, which will provide Web content management for the suite.

With an eye to compliance issues, IBM also announced a new version of DB2 Records Manager, which the company acquired from Tarian last November. This version has been rearchitected in Java and WebSphere to provide better scalability and performance, IBM officials said.

In addition, IBM announced new versions of DB2 CommonStore for SAP, DB2 CommonStore for Exchange Servers, and DB2 CommonStore for Lotus Domino. The SAP version of the archiving software supports improved search capabilities and an integrated Adobe Software Output Pack.

CommonStore for Exchange adds support for Exchange 5.5, as well as Exchange 2000, and CommonStore for Lotus Domino supports Dominos new 6.5 version plus gains improvements in full-text search.

"All these releases come back to the same thing—how do we simplify content management?" said Brett MacIntyre, general manager of content management at IBM. "Content management isnt just a category, its a capability."

IBM DB2 Content Manager Express is generally available now and priced at $9,375 per server and $1,063 per concurrent user, including 12 months of maintenance. IBM DB2 Content Manager for Linux is also available now. It is priced at $29,000 per server and $2,500 per concurrent user.

IBM DB2 Records Manager Version 3.1 is generally available and is priced at $24,000 per server and $250 per concurrent user. Though optimized for Windows 2000, applications running on any platform can be enabled to run on the Records Manager, IBM officials said.

IBM DB2 CommonStore for SAP will be generally available on Oct. 31. It will be priced at $29,000 per server and $244 per named user.

IBM DB2 CommonStore for Exchange Server and Lotus Domino will also be generally available on Oct. 31, priced at $29,000 per server, $30 per registered user and $12,500 per gateway.