EMC links document management, storage

EMC's Documentum division is set to announce its first product offering that ties together document and storage management...

EMC's Documentum division is set to announce its first product offering that ties together document and storage management through the use of software designed to automatically migrate unstructured content to different tiers of storage devices.


EMC said the new Document Content Storage Services software runs in conjunction with Documentum's content management applications and includes a policy engine that IT managers can use to direct corporate documents to primary, secondary or archival storage. The policy engine can take into account factors such as the age of documents and the value they have to a company.


The software can also move data throughout multivendor storage installations, according to EMC. The company said Document Content Storage Services works with its own storage subsystems and with hardware sold by rivals IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems and Network Appliance.


Changing classifications


Document Content Storage Services provides a framework for classifying documents from a storage standpoint at the time they're created and then modifying the classifications throughout the life cycles of the documents.


For example, an insurance contract or product invoice would be stored on a high-speed disk array while being processed, said Neville Letzerich, a product marketing director at EMC. But after being finalised, the document could be migrated to lower-cost disk storage and eventually to a tape archive, he added.


IDC analyst Bill North said developing automated storage migration policies for existing documents would be a nearly impossible task for users, unless they already run Documentum's content management tools. "This is great for companies using Documentum, but it doesn't do anything for the larger population out there," North said.


EMC said Document Content Storage Services is available now, but it couldn't provide pricing information on the new product last week.


Lucas Mearian writes for Computerworld

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