VERITAS Software Corp. announced the general availability of VERITAS Data Lifecycle Manager 5.0 software, designed to help organizations meet global regulatory requirements for data management – from creation to deletion – across all storage media. In addition, VERITAS announced new partnerships aimed at offering integrated solutions to simplify and standardize management and archiving of structured and unstructured data – from e-mail to digital files to text – using the common Data Lifecycle Manager API. Using VERITAS Data Lifecycle Manager, customers can automate the management of files and messaging data using policy-driven retention, migration and deletion processes. VERITAS Data Lifecycle Manager provides customers an integrated solution with VERITAS data protection solutions, VERITAS NetBackup and VERITAS Backup Exec software. This allows a user to search across potentially terabytes of data spanning multiple years in one search. The new VERITAS partner program is aimed at offering a set of joint solutions that unify the management of disparate data formats for database, application, enterprise content management, file system, e-mail and instant-messaging data. Participants include Akonix, Autonomy, Exivity, FaceTime, IMlogic, Network Appliance, Pegasus, Plasmon, Princeton Softech, Sherpa Software and StorageTek.