CA, Symantec Give E-Discovery Starring Role

CA (NYSE: CA) and Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) have made e-discovery central to a pair of new data management offerings.

CA’s Information Governance Suite and Symantec’s Enterprise Vault 8.0 are the latest attempts by storage vendors to capitalize on the booming e-discovery market created two years ago by amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP).

CA has added a new Discovery and Retention Manager module to its Information Governance Suite to minimize data and optimize the legal discovery process. The Discovery and Retention Manager module is common to both CA Records Manager r12.5 and CA Message Manager r12.5.

Reed Irvin, CA’s vice president of product management for Information Governance, said the new offerings are based on standards like the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and DoD 5015.2.

The goal of the products, Irvin said, is to give organizations “real control over content” so they can “keep what they need for as long as it’s needed,” while getting rid of what he called “ROT” — “redundant, obsolete and trivial information.”

The result is to make e-discovery events “much easier,” he said.

“If there’s less hay, it’s much easier to find the needle,” Irvin said.

CA Records Manager has also been certified with Microsoft SharePoint and several content management systems.

Symantec, meanwhile, unveiled an Information Risk Management strategy that includes Enterprise Vault 8.0, the latest version of Symantec’s e-mail and content archiving platform.

Symantec claims the new Enterprise Vault helps organizations reduce the costs of storing unstructured information such as e-mail, instant messages (IM) and files by more than 60 percent through a combination of advancements to its data de-duplication and e-discovery features and energy savings.

Enterprise Vault aims to be the primary repository for unstructured information, helping organizations store, manage and discover unstructured information enterprise-wide, including collaborative content such as SharePoint files, through storage optimization, classification and retention technologies.

Symantec is also conducting a beta for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices to allow mobile search capabilities, with full support for mobile devices expected during the first half of 2009.

The release also includes a new Guided Review feature for e-discovery as part of Enterprise Vault Discovery Accelerator, which lets users analyze and filter search results with a few mouse clicks.

Symantec also unveiled Veritas Cluster Server One (VCS One), a new high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) platform for data centers, which the company said supports active/active DR, multi-tier business application HA and scale-out control.

Symantec today also boosted its cloud computing and software as a service strategy with the $695 million acquisition of online messaging and Web security services firm MessageLabs.

Veritas Cluster Server One is generally available now, with estimated pricing starting at $995 per CPU. Symantec Enterprise Vault 8.0 and CA’s new e-discovery offerings are expected to be available later this winter.

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Paul Shread
Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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