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Symantec unveils SaaS storage products

Lucas Mearian, Computerworld | May 4, 2011
At its Visions 2011 conference in Las Vegas this week, Symantec announced plans to offer its midrange backup and enterprise-class archive software products as SaaS offerings.


Enterprise Vault 10

Symantec also plans to bring to market self-service recovery and discovery technology for large organizations with NetBackup.

For organizations using backup as their primary tool to recover data, new search capabilities in NetBackup will provide better control and help them identify data that needs to be held for eDiscovery purposes, the company said. Symantec Enterprise Vault 10 will supplement those search capabilities as a complete archiving and eDiscovery product for the legal compliance officer and IT user.

Symantec also partnered with CommonDesk, Actiance (formerly FaceTime), Hanzo and Socialware, to allow its Enterprise Vault 10 product to automatically archive social media postings for compliance, eDiscovery or corporate governance purposes.

Enterprise Vault 10 can be set up to archive postings from blogs, or from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and YouTube.

Organizations can comply with requirements for social media communications without restricting or banning the use of those tools.

Another new feature of Enterprise Vault 10 is the Data Classification Service, which leverages Symantec's data loss prevention (DLP) technology. DLP analyzes email content and metadata in an attempt to automatically classify the content and assign it the appropriate archiving and retention policy for that message, or even flag the message to be reviewed for compliance purposes.

"At the web gateway, we filter it. At the archive, we retain it. In the event of an investigation, we give you the tools to search it," Regan said.

The classifications can also be used as filters to speed up the search and review process for eDiscovery, Regan added.

Additionally, customers that have implemented Symantec DLP can share classification policies to simplify the automated classification of information. Enterprise Vault also adds new integration with Symantec's encryption technologies to allow organizations to classify, store, and discover encrypted information.

"The new components of Symantec's Enterprise Vault focus on solving what we expect will soon be new challenges in the overall archive and information retention space around social media content and advancing SharePoint management," said Brian Babineau, vice president of Research and Analyst Services at Enterprise Strategy Group.

In June, Symantec will release its SaaS email archiving service under the name Symantec Enterprise for a flat fee per mailbox per month.

Symantec also announced Enterprise Vault Cloud Storage for online storage provider Nirvanix. The hybrid storage model allows customers to store data onsite and then replicate it offsite to Nirvanix's data centers.


Veritas Operations Manager 4.0

Lastly, the company introduced Veritas Operations Manager 4.0, a centralized management platform for Veritas Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster Server that automates previously manual tasks and monitors the health of IT resources, the company said.


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