University Hospital Birmingham Maximises Storage Optimisation and Compliance Benefits With Autonomy ZANTAZ

CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN FRANCISCO , California, October 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ZANTAZ, an Autonomy company (LSE: AU. or AU.L) and the leader in the archiving, eDiscovery and proactive Information Risk Management (IRM) markets, today announced that the University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) has implemented Autonomy ZANTAZ' Enterprise Archiving Solution (EAS) to efficiently manage its rapidly growing email volumes to keep them in line with regulatory requirements. With EAS, UHB has shortened its email retrieval process from weeks to minutes. Autonomy ZANTAZ' partner, Essential Computing, was the systems integrator for the project.

University Hospital Birmingham employs over 6,500 and is one of the UK's largest and most innovative National Health Service (NHS) Trusts, as well as a highly respected teaching hospital. The number of emails sent and received by them has doubled year-on-year since 1999, reaching a total of four million messages in 2007. On the premise that the proliferation of email as a communication tool between doctors, nurses and consultants would continue at the same rate, the trust's IT services team needed an intelligent solution that would enable them to securely and efficiently store, manage and retrieve messages.

Stephen Chilton , deputy director of ICT at UHB explains: "While there are no specific regulations governing the retention of email messages in NHS organisations, there were a number of other drivers for our implementation, which had the added benefit of helping us to comply with wider regulations such as the Data Protection Act, Investigatory Powers Act, Telecommunications Regulations and Freedom of Information Act. Our performance statistics show that since implementing the archiving system end-user performance has been enhanced and demand on core storage has been curtailed significantly. What's more, a far cry from the previously painful and long-winded process of retrieving emails, IT services can now respond to email retrieval requests within minutes, rather than weeks, which frees up our time for more strategic activity."

Glenn Perachio, EMEA director at Autonomy ZANTAZ, comments: "UHB is perfect example of an organisation that was looking for an archiving solution to meet its storage optimisation requirements but has also seen benefits in terms of corporate governance and compliance. Like in many industries, it's not difficult to imagine that stringent regulations already in force in the US health industry, such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) will soon be mirrored in the UK, forcing UK organisations to get their electronic data stores in order quickly."

Keith Quinn , managing director at ZANTAZ partner Essential, adds: "Other NHS trusts see UHB as a best practice case for technology implementations, and are asking them for advice when it comes to implementing new solutions. The decision to implement ZANTAZ EAS is testament to the solution's ability to improve information access and management throughout an organisation. We helped UHB implement ZANTAZ EAS across more than 6,000 mailboxes and the benefits derived in terms of storage optimisation and user productivity have been impressive."

About University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) runs two hospitals, the Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak, which are located 1.5 miles apart in south Birmingham . More than 553,000 patients attend the hospitals for treatment every year - ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to a heart transplant. Its annual budget is Ă‚Ł355 million, and more than 6500 people work for the Trust across some 40 disciplines.

UHB is the leading teaching hospital in the West Midlands with strong links to the University of Birmingham and for the last four consecutive years it has achieved the maximum three performance stars. UHB was placed as the third best of its peer group of 24 teaching hospitals and the best among its teaching hospital foundation peers.

About Essential Computing

Essential is recognised as a leading supplier of specialist software and services for electronic mail connectivity and management. With over 13 years experience in Electronic messaging and infrastructure systems, Essential supports over 3,000 major clients throughout the UK and Europe .

Essential has succeeded by identifying key third-party products and bringing them into the European arena, coupled with specialist consultancy and help desk services. Essential has strategic relationships with Microsoft, Lotus and HP (formerly Compaq/Digital), and is well recognised in the industry as providing quality, high-end solutions, backed up by industry-leading support and consultancy. For more information, visit or call +44-(0)-1275-343199.

About Autonomy ZANTAZ

ZANTAZ, an Autonomy company, is the leader in the archiving, e-Discovery and Proactive Information Risk Management (IRM) markets. It is the only vendor that offers an entire spectrum of Proactive Information Risk Management solutions ranging from consolidated archiving of all information sources including email, IM, enterprise systems, voice and video, to discovery and review, advanced eDiscovery, real-time policy management and analytics - all based on a common platform, IDOL. ZANTAZ solutions, which support more than 100 languages, are available as on-site software applications or on-demand software services (SaaS), or a combination of both. ZANTAZ customers include 9 of the 10 top global law firms, 11 of the Fortune 25 and 14 of the top 20 financial securities firms. Customers include Abbott Laboratories, Capital One, JMP Securities, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual, Linklaters, Philip Morris International and the U.S. Department of Interior. For more information, visit or call 800-636-0095.

About Autonomy

Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L) is a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise and is spearheading the meaning-based computing movement. Autonomy's technology forms a conceptual and contextual understanding of any piece of electronic data including unstructured information, be it text, email, voice or video. Autonomy's software powers the full spectrum of mission-critical enterprise applications including information access technology, BI, CRM, KM, call center solutions, rich media management, information risk management solutions and security applications, and is recognized by industry analysts as the clear leader in enterprise search.

Autonomy's customer base comprises of more than 17,000 global companies and organizations including: 3, ABN AMRO, AOL, BAE Systems, BBC, Bloomberg, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Daimler Chrysler, Deutsche Bank, Ericsson, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft Foods, Lloyd TSB, NASA, Nestle, the New York Stock Exchange, Reuters, Shell, T-Mobile, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Autonomy also has over 300 OEM partners and more than 400 VARs and Integrators, numbering among them leading companies such as BEA, Business Objects, Citrix, EDS, IBM Global Services, Novell, Satyam, Sybase, Symantec, TIBCO, Vignette and Wipro. The company has offices worldwide.

The Autonomy Group includes: ZANTAZ, the leader in the archiving, e-Discovery and Proactive Information Risk Management (IRM) markets; Cardiff , a leading provider of Intelligent Document solutions; etalk, award-winning provider of enterprise-class contact center products and Virage, a visionary in rich media management and security and surveillance technology.

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