EMC has integrated content and digital rights management software from two of its acquisitions in an effort to give companies better control over their data, even if the information is sent outside the corporate firewall.
EMC announced a new version of its Records Manager software, which was originally developed by Documentum before it was acquired by the storage vendor in late 2003. EMC also added a package combining content management capabilities with digital rights management technology that it obtained through its acquisition of Authentica in February.
Records Manager 5.3 and the Information Rights Management (IRM) Services offering can be used together to apply security protections and permissions to unstructured data stored in a Documentum repository, a marketing director at EMC, Lubor Ptacek, said.
The unified offering of Records Manager and IRM Services is particularly aimed at companies that not only store data for regulatory compliance purposes but also continue to use the information and want to ensure that it is destroyed when the required retention period is over. IRM Services enables content owners to control access to data and how it is used, while maintaining a full audit trail of document activity, EMC said.
Meanwhile, Records Manager 5.3 was built using a service-oriented architecture, making it more modular and easier to integrate with other applications, according to Ptacek.
Every major vendor involved in content management is at least thinking about how to incorporate digital rights management technology into their products, IDC analyst, Melissa Webster, said.
As an example of how the software could be used, she said a product design company might send information about a planned new product to a half-dozen prospective manufacturers. The integrated content and digital rights management tools could be used, she added, to ensure losing bidders can't make knockoffs based on the original design.