EMC touts new Centera

EMC touts new Centera

Still looking to expand its already large customer base, EMC yesterday introduced Version 2.0 of Centera - its appliance designed specifically for data that never changes.

The new appliance, like the old, was created to house data such as videos, document images, blueprints, and CAT scans - essentially any piece of data that won't or can't be altered.

The new version arrives one year after the initial release of the product and, according to vice-president of content addressed storage at EMC, Roy Sanford, the company had shipped 2 petabytes worth of Centera-based storage.

Sanford said the new "compliance edition" was created to meet specific regulations and laws set forth by various US government agencies. These regulations, including those by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Defense, required strict adherence on the part of enterprises.

The new features in the compliance edition include what Sanford called an "anti-shredding" mechanism. This feature allowed the application that created the data to put a time stamp on the data. This prohibited a piece of data from being altered or deleted until it expired.

EMC still had plans to allow its storage management software - EMC ControlCenter - to manage the Centera appliance later this year.

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