EMC announces content archiving, e-discovery applications

Applications are hardware-platform agnostic

EMC Corp. today announced a new family of e-mail archiving and e-discovery applications that can centrally manage multiple content types in order to apply consistent retention, disposition and overall life-cycle management regardless of the hardware platform.

Initially, EMC is announcing three products aimed at e-mail archiving and discovery, but more content archiving and discovery products will follow over the next 12 to 18 months, said Whitney Tidmarsh, chief marketing officer for the company's content management and archiving division.

Tidmarsh said part of the problem with the way archiving has been done to date is that each application or information source tends to have its own archive repository and archive rules, and some support retention management. For example, SAP application data and e-mail documents have separate archiving utilities.

"So, there's a siloed approach that's inconsistent from application to application," Tidmarsh said. "While to an extent that's been effective, times have changed. There's a very distinct pressure on IT to reduce cost."

EMC claims SourceOne users can save more than 50% in total cost of ownership, and gain ROI in as little as 12 months by reducing e-mail kept on primary storage systems, redundant attachments and lengthy, manual discovery processes.

Tom Leizear, director of IT at Access Intelligence LLC, a publishing and marketing firm, said his company is currently using SourceOne Email Management, and in the first 40 days of production deployment, "we saw a 66% reduction in mailbox size."

"In addition, we were able to reduce backup and recovery time from two and a half hours to 30 minutes," he added.

While EMC's e-mail archiving and e-discovery products aren't unique among competitors such as Symantec's Enterprise Vault, Mimosa Systems' NearPoint, HP's Integrated Archive Platform and Atomomy's Zantaz product, the SourceOne products do have the advantage of being created from a green field.

"They didn't have the burden of legacy products," said Brian Babineau, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "I've been following the e-mail archive market for a while, and there's a lot of applications out there that have simply aged. EMC took a little longer than it probably would have liked to have, but it redesigned the e-mail archive architecture to meet the requirements that have evolved over the last four or five years."

The following are features of the three new applications:

  • SourceOne Email Management archives e-mail from Exchange and Lotus Notes/Domino environments as well as SMTP and instant messages. The application will also introduce single instancing of e-mail attachments to reduce storage capacity requirements in an average enterprise by as much as 60% by creating a single copy of an attachment for users to retrieve. The application provides full international support and offers a localized interface in seven languages -- French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese and simplified Chinese.
  • SourceOne Discovery Manager is an e-mail discovery search engine and collection for e-mail archived by the SourceOne Email Management for legal review. It finds and then puts on hold e-mail for legal or regulatory notices or corporate policy complaints. Discovery Manager supports secure authorized investigator access, defensible collection results and chain of custody. Discovery Manager provides full international support and offers a localized interface in four languages -- French, Italian, German and Spanish.
  • SourceOne Discovery Collector is an indexing appliance that automates the in-house identification, collection, preservation and policy management of unstructured content that resides on desktops, laptops, common Internet file systems and network file system, network-attached storage, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and other content management repositories.

Pricing for the SourceOne family of e-mail archiving and discovery applications is based on a per-mailbox model. Tidmarsh said licenses for 1,000 mailboxes will cost just under $50,000.

Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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