New EMC Centera Features Deliver Advanced Retention Management Capabilities
Enhancements Help Address Complex Regulatory and Legal Requirements; Centera Passes 2,300 Customer Milestone, Nearly 70 Petabytes of Capacity Shipped
EMC Corporation today unveiled new advanced retention management software for the EMC® Centera™ content addressed storage (CAS) platform that helps customers address various complicated day-to-day, governance and regulatory requirements. The powerful new capabilities, in addition to several other new software enhancements, let organizations more effectively manage their archived information throughout its lifecycle.
The announcement was made at a media and analyst event in London with EMC senior executives detailing several innovative new technologies and additions to the EMC product lineup that help customers bring more of their information together (see related releases) for improved economics and management.
EMC Centera remains the world"s most widespread, affordable and secure repository for information archiving. Through the end of 2005, more than 2,300 customers have deployed Centera and amounting to nearly 70 petabytes (70,000 terabytes) of capacity as the archiving backbone of customers" information lifecycle management (ILM) strategies. Since November 2004, the number of customers using Centera has more than doubled, highlighting accelerating market acceptance of this groundbreaking technology.
Stan Kubis, Director, Application Hosting Services of ITS at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, said, "We are extremely pleased with the performance, scalability, and reliability of our EMC Centera Content Addressed Storage solution. When our business continuity requirements grew beyond the capabilities of our mainframe-connected tape system, we needed a solution that delivered fast online access to archived data sets for information recovery. The EMC Centera enterprise archive is delivering the performance and scalability we need, while providing dual-site replication capabilities for our business continuity requirements. The integration of EMC Centera to Kimberly-Clark's mainframe environment was seamless and EMC worked hand-in-hand with us to exceed our expectations for ease of use and speed to information."
Based on customer input, EMC has developed innovative new Centera features that enable authorized application users and administrators to easily identify and extend retention periods for specific records or objects in the Centera archive. The new Event-based Retention (EBR) and Litigation Hold features help Centera Governance Edition and Centera Compliance Edition Plus customers deal with more varied and complex scenarios. For example, e-mail messages and documents that are scheduled to be automatically deleted per policy can be easily identified and retained if they are material to legal, regulatory or other events. The record or object can then be deleted when appropriate.
Additionally, EMC is introducing new enhanced security features for Centera that provide greater levels of control. The ability to now create management profiles gives organizations greater flexibility to determine who can have access to specific data and at what level. For example, IT staff may have authorization to configure and maintain the archive, but searching, modifying and developing reports based on the information can only be executed by authorized corporate or legal staff. The new feature also provides a full audit trail of all configuration and management activities for further governance and compliance purposes.
Mike Kahn, Managing Director of The Clipper Group, Inc., said, "With Centera, EMC invented CAS storage, and now is the clear leader in the content-based storage market with nearly 70 petabytes installed. EMC's recent enhancements ease management and increase security over archived information, making EMC Centera even more desirable to the broad set of enterprises with rapidly-expanding requirements for content-focused storage solutions."
Improving capacity utilization and scalability
In addition to new software enhancements, EMC today also announced Content Parity Protection for eight-node Centera configurations for improved capacity utilization. Also, EMC announced availability of new 500 gigabyte (GB) low-cost serial attached ATA (SATA) disk drives in all Centera configurations. EMC continues to offer 320 gigabyte SATA disk drives in the Centera four-node mid-size configuration, providing an attractive entry point to active enterprise archiving.
Mark Thurmond, Co-General Manager of EMC's Centera Division, said, "Today's announcements significantly enhance the market-leading EMC Centera enterprise archive platform. Customers require more than just basic retention capabilities for their archived content. In addition to application policies applied to content, customers want a storage infrastructure that allows them to easily manage complex and unforeseen situations that result from business issues, legal actions or regulatory needs."
Pricing and Availability
The new Centera advanced retention software is available now and is licensed in four-node increments with a list price of $2,800.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information management and storage that help organizations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.emc.com.