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Fri 13 Oct 2006 12:00 PM

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EMC’s Infoscape to address ILM needs

EMC has released new software and related information management services that will enable organisations in the Middle East to discover, classify and manage enterprise information.

The storage giant’s Infoscape solution enables customers to search all corporate information in file systems, automatically classify information based on business value, manage the retention of information for compliance and facilitate policy-based and automated data migration across a tiered storage infrastructure.

The software will automate and arrange information lifecycle management (ILM) services such as information protection, data placement on tiers of storage, regulatory compliance and information security based on the information’s value to the business.

In addition to Infoscape, the firm announced that it would soon introduce its Information Management Strategy Service to the Middle East, a new consulting offering from EMC Global Services that would help customers define proper policies, best practices and procedures to manage information throughout its lifecycle.

Customers will receive a consultative engagement that helps them determine where data resides, how it is being classified and how to better leverage the data to address critical information placement, availability, protection and compliance requirements.

EMC said its Infoscape software and ILM strategy service would enable customers to intelligently manage digital information in all its forms.

“With the growth of e-services and automation, enterprises and governments in the Middle East are creating massive volumes of unstructured information, which is leading to difficulties in identification and management of information for security, compliance, discovery and storage optimisation purposes,” said Mohammed Amin, general manager of EMC Middle East.

“Identification and classification of information is vital to be able to properly manage data, and with EMC Infoscape, we are giving customers in the region a powerful and comprehensive solution to address these challenges,” he claimed.

Analysts have said that with the huge amounts of data business are now required to retain, such offerings can help improve their information management processes.

“The sheer amount of data will require organisations to re-evaluate and drastically improve their information management strategies,” said Brian Babineau, analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group.

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