Product highlights from Storage Decisions

By Kevin Komiega

—The new product announcements were sparse at the Storage Decisions conference this week in Chicago, but some of the industry's biggest names made announcements, including archiving-and-backup news from EMC and a new partnership between Symantec and Network Appliance. Here's a quick recap:

EMC continued to roll out pieces of its archiving puzzle by announcing a blending of document capture software acquired from Captiva together with its Documentum content management software. The new product, called EMC Documentum Archive Services for Imaging, brings paper documents into the information lifecycle management (ILM) process.

The new software bundle includes EMC's Captiva InputAccel document capture software and Documentum technology and is designed to eliminate the need for paper records by automating its digital capture, digitization, and categorization. Document images can now be stored and accessed in the same manner as other data types such as e-mails and SAP content under EMC's unified archiving platform.

Documentum Archive Services for Imaging is the latest addition to EMC's deluge of archiving products. The company also recently trotted out Documentum Archive Services for Email and Archive Services for Reports software.

EMC also announced a new version of its backup software for the Documentum platform. Available next month, EMC NetWorker Module for Documentum will offer users synchronized tape- or disk-based backup and recovery of all Documentum enterprise content management (ECM) repository elements, including full-text indexes, databases containing document information and relationships, storage areas containing content files and information, and configuration files.

Also this week, Network Appliance and Symantec broadened their partnership to include a new co-branding and reseller agreement. The deal calls for NetApp to co-brand and resell the Veritas CommandCentral Storage family of storage management and SRM software.

CommandCentral Storage supports NetApp's "unified storage systems" and SnapMirror and Snapshot capabilities and provides visibility of NetApp environments down to the file level. CommandCentral Storage also offers a single view into the SAN and NAS capabilities of NetApp filers and can support storage networks with up to 1,000 hosts and 50,000 LUNs.

This article was originally published on May 17, 2006