CA acquires e-mail management company

By Ann Silverthorn

—Computer Associates today announced the acquisition of iLumin Software Services, a privately held software vendor that sells message management and archiving software. The acquisition is intended to extend CA's "intelligent storage management" (ISM) capabilities by adding cross-platform e-mail security, archiving, management, and data protection to CA's BrightStor product line.

Through the acquisition CA gains iLumin's Assentor family of message management and archiving products. The technology enables users to address records management, discovery, litigation support, compliance, and supervision objectives for e-mail, instant messages, and other unstructured data types across platforms such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, and Novell GroupWise.

"Joining CA's BrightStor family will benefit our existing customers by allowing us to strengthen the Assentor product line faster and take it further than previously possible," says Dave Ellison, president and chief operating officer of iLumin, who is joining CA as a senior vice president. "More importantly, by providing e-mail management within the framework of CA's ISM strategy we will enable organizations to gain cost savings, risk mitigation, and optimized economic value that result when all enterprise information assets are managed in a common manner."

"We believe that taking the work that iLumin has done, expanding into new markets, and taking advantage of CA's distribution arm represent a significant opportunity for our customers to put layered sets of solutions in message management," says Chris Broderick, senior vice president and general manager of CA's BrightStor business unit.

Broderick says CA has developed a road map for the long-term plan of further integration across CA's BrightStor portfolio.

iLumin will be a separate unit within CA's storage group. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. iLumin was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Reston, VA.

This article was originally published on October 17, 2005