IBM Enterprise Records System Architecture Overview
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IBM® Enterprise Records software is a comprehensive solution that combines content, process and connectivity to meet your records management and compliance challenges This blog provides a high level overview of the system architecture of IBM Enterprise Records and the major components that make up the IBM Enterprise Records application.
The key to understanding IBM Enterprise Records system architecture is to first understand the architecture of the core underlying platform IBM Content Foundation. IBM Content Foundation delivers full content lifecycle and document management capabilities to promote enterprise wide content management (ECM) adoption and increased application development that leverages existing and new types of content. IBM Content Foundation includes the following components:
Content Platform Engine is designed to handle the heavy demands of a large enterprise. It can manage enterprise-wide workflow objects, custom objects, and documents by offering powerful and easy-to-use administration tools. Using these tools, an administrator can create and manage the classes, properties, storage, and metadata that form the foundation of an enterprise content management (ECM) system.
The key architectural aspects of the Content Platform Engine include:
Figure 1 provides a high-level system overview of the Content Platform Engine architecture. It shows the relationship between the platform and where it resides within a typical n-tier distributed architecture.
Figure 1 High level architectural overview of IBM Content Foundation
IBM Enterprise Records builds on top of IBM FileNet Content Platform Engine; it leverages and extends the services provided by the core Content Platform Engine, and extends upon the IBM Content Navigator interfaces. IBM Enterprise Records provides records management functionality, with a single repository that stores all electronic documents and records. With IBM Enterprise Records, you can automate the management of electronic and physical records at the enterprise level.
Figure 2 shows several of the major IBM Enterprise Records components within the IBM FileNet Content Foundation architecture and their relationship to the underlying core IBM FileNet Content Platform Engine services.
Figure 2 High level architectural overview of IBM Content Foundation with IBM Enterprise Records
Relationship between content and records
The IBM FileNet family of products uses a common object model (or data model) managed by Content Platform Engine that leverages object-oriented design to store and manage content. IBM Enterprise Records is built directly into Content Platform Engine and therefore inherits the underlying object model and object-oriented design of Content Platform Engine. Information stored and managed in the system are represented as objects, described through the object properties (metadata), identified by object classes, and associated with operational methods of the objects. These objects reside in IBM Content Foundation content repositories, also known as object stores. The object stores are managed by the Content Platform Engine.
For IBM Enterprise Records configuration, there are two types of object stores:
Figure 3 Overview of the relationship between a ROS and an FPOS
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