Microsoft and EMC Collaborate on Content

Microsoft and EMC joined forces on Tuesday in an effort to make it easier for enterprises to get a handle on their data to meet the growing number of data protection and retention regulations.

EMC Documentum Content Services for SharePoint and EMC Documentum Archive Services for SharePoint are designed to help customers leverage the EMC Documentum content repository in conjunction with Office SharePoint Server 2007 and SQL Server 2005.

With these services, corporate workers will be able to access the EMC Documentum platform from SharePoint Server 2007 and the Office system to manage unstructured records such as e-mails and images as well as business processes, said John McCormick, vice president of product management for EMC content management software.

McCormick said these software services will help customers archive content from SharePoint repositories to a Documentum repository while keeping content accessible and searchable from within SharePoint.

“We’re looking to provide tight integration at the products level,” McCormick said, noting that the proliferation of unstructured information has forced customers to ask vendors to bake interoperability into software and services.

Rob Bernard, general manager of the global ISV group at Microsoft, echoed those sentiments, adding that the companies share a goal to create an integration between SharePoint and EMC Documentum that was both “seamless and invisible.”

Success for this effort could spawn additional integrations in the future between the Microsoft and EMC platforms.

“We think there is a huge opportunity to grow the pie for the ECM [enterprise content management] market,” Bernard said.

The move marks the first formal joint ECM partnership between Microsoft and EMC, which have taken several steps to make their storage products work together, including working together on a network-attached storage (NAS) appliance.

EMC this year also snapped up two services firms specializing in supporting Microsoft software, Interlink Group and Internosis.

The collaboration also furthers both companies’ broader goals: Microsoft’s moves into storage, and EMC’s broader IT ambitions.

Bernard characterized the new move as “moving from a reactive relationship to a proactive relationship” to meet customer demands.

McCormick said EMC expects to launch the new services some time in 2007.

Microsoft and EMC will demonstrate integration of the EMC Documentum platform and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 at Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo 2006 in Orlando, Fla., next week.

Article courtesy of Internet News

Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for CIO.com covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

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