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Open Text Furthers Content Services for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server with New Storage Services

    Enables Enterprises to Store SharePoint Content in External Storage
    Devices, Eliminates Multiple Document Instances, Helps Reduce Storage

CHICAGO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Open Text(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), a global leader in enterprise content management (ECM), today announced Open Text Storage Services for SharePoint, the latest addition to the company's Open Text Content Services product offerings. This new enterprise-class service lets customers store Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 content in external storage devices, while at the same time reducing wasted space by automatically detecting multiple instances of the same content. The solution helps customers increase the scalability of their SharePoint solutions and reduce storage costs.

In SharePoint servers, document content is stored inside dedicated SharePoint SQL databases, including what is known as binary large objects or BLOB content that is not necessary for queries to the database. BLOB content can be stored outside of the SharePoint SQL database to save space.

Open Text Storage Services for SharePoint, which uses the Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 External BLOB Storage API, provides the capability to seamlessly store identical copies of documents in SharePoint only once. It accomplishes this single-instance archiving feat by keeping track of whether a document has already been stored. Multiple document copies emerge as a problem anytime SharePoint is used for team collaboration or when independent teams collaborate in a decentralized, loosely affiliated manner.

"Microsoft developed the Remote BLOB Storage API to meet the needs of customers who prefer not to store document content BLOBs inside the database," said Bob Sutton, Microsoft Senior Product Manager for Windows SharePoint Services. "We are pleased to be able to work with partners such as Open Text to help ensure a future roadmap for their storage providers."

Open Text Storage Services for SharePoint not only lowers overall storage costs and improves performance; it can also help enterprises meet regulatory and business requirements for information retention. For example, Open Text Storage Services for SharePoint can be used to ensure that business critical content is secured in multiple physical locations and SharePoint content can be stored on different storage devices, depending on the business and compliance needs of the content. Open Text Storage Services for SharePoint is compatible with all major storage providers including Hitachi Data Systems, StorageTek, Network Appliance, EMC, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems.

"With SharePoint, Microsoft has provided an excellent platform for sharing information that lets teams work together to swiftly create and share content," said Jens Rabe, Vice President of Open Text's Microsoft Solutions Group. "Because of the productivity advantages, there is strong user demand and enterprises are able to quickly roll out SharePoint sites and applications. Open Text Storage Services for SharePoint let companies embrace decentralization, while still ensuring that broader organizational requirements around data retention are being met."


Open Text Storage Services for SharePoint is available today. For more information, go to

Open Text's Leadership in ECM Solutions for Microsoft

Open Text is a leader in delivering ECM solutions for the Microsoft platform, including the industry's widest range of solutions that extend Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. For SharePoint, Open Text offers integrated records management and archiving, content lifecycle management, a development framework for case management applications and specialized vertical market solutions. Other solutions for Microsoft include powerful email management capabilities; and Open Text Enterprise Connect, which lets users create customized views of content from multiple systems, such as SAP or Oracle, in Microsoft Outlook. Open Text, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, recently opened a new office in Microsoft's Partner Solution Center in Redmond, WA., to further its relationship with Microsoft and to better align product strategy and direction. For more information on Open Text and Microsoft, go to:

Open Text Content World

Open Text will host its Content World 2008 conference in Orlando, Florida, November 18-20. The event will bring together leading ECM experts from across the industry to network with peers, discuss the latest developments and trends in ECM and Enterprise 2.0, and to gain a first-hand account of the company's long-term strategy and product roadmap. Open Text is planning a series of sessions on ECM solutions for Microsoft. You can find out more about the sessions here:

About Open Text

Open Text, an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise content management, helps organizations manage and gain the true value of their business content. Open Text brings two decades of expertise supporting 46,000 customers and millions of users in 114 countries. Working with our customers and partners, we bring together leading Content Experts(TM) to help organizations capture and preserve corporate memory, increase brand equity, automate processes, mitigate risk, manage compliance and improve competitiveness. For more information, visit

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