EMC bundles Centera with software and services


EMC bundles Centera with software and services

EMC has announced three technology bundles that combine its Centera fixed-data disc array with software and technical services for storing e-mail and documents to support regulatory compliance initiatives.

The preconfigured offerings include e-mail archiving tools from EMC's Legato Software division, plus document archiving and retrieval software from the storage company's Documentum unit and Mobius Management Systems.

EMC said the bundles can be used standalone or as part of information lifecycle management (ILM) applications that also involve its mainstream Symmetrix and Clariion arrays and its Celerra network-attached storage devices.

The combined offerings give users more of a plug-and-play approach to buying storage hardware and software than does the à la carte sales model that EMC typically uses, said John Gubernat, director of global solutions for compliance and enterprise content management.

Peter Gerr, an analyst at Enterprise Storage Group, said EMC's new packages may give users in regulated industries a level of comfort on compliance.

"They're also proving that they're working to integrate their acquisitions," he added. "I don't think it's a mistake that two of the three bundles include Legato and Documentum software."

EMC did not disclose its pricing for the new bundles, saying that costs will vary widely depending on the configuration.

Lucas Mearian writes for Computerworld

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