EMC adding features to Centera storage

EMC adding features to Centera storage

EMC this week is announcing enhancements to its Centera compliance-oriented storage array, as well as software bundles that make it easier to prioritize, tier and migrate storage.

The Centera software enhancements, Release 2.3, include the ability for a storage administrator to set retention policies for data that needs to be archived and to delete data by individual user.

For instance, a certain type of record such as a medical X-ray may need to be kept for 21 years. After that time it can be automatically deleted or moved to a less-expensive form of storage such as tape.

A retention policy can automatically enforce this deletion or migration of data. The software now has the capability to delete data in order to meet the dictates of a court order or regulation.

The company announced three compliance bundles for different applications - Email Archiving with Legato Software, Content Archiving and Retrieval Solution with Documentum and Content Archiving and Retrieval Solution with Mobius.

Two of the bundles are the result of the acquisitions of Legato and Documentum. The third, the Content Archiving and Retrieval Solution with Mobius, integrates content management company Mobius' product MF Direct Connect and EMC's tiered storage with installation and project management services and a data-migration service.

The other packages incorporate Centera with Legato's EmailXtender and EmailXaminer, and the Documentum Content Server, Compliance and Records Manager and Trusted Content Services.

"From a feature perspective they are giving users more ease of use and functionality," says Peter Gerr, senior analyst with Enterprise Storage Group. "That's going to help overcome the hurdles customers have in adopting any new technology."

In addition, the Centera software lets administrators assign retention periods to data for applications that do not have retention capability.

EMC also will enhance the services it offers with Centera as part of its Information Lifecycle Management strategy. It will offer a data classification service, which assists companies in putting data on appropriate storage, as well as data migration services.

An EMC Centera configured with 4T bytes of storage capacity starts at US$148,000.

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