Cap Gemini Boards ILM Train with HP

In a follow-up to last week’s bid to acquire archiving specialist Persist Technologies, Hewlett Packard has moved to extend its information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy overseas by partnering with systems integrator Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGE&Y).

Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP will work with the Paris-based firm to help customers manage critical data from its creation until its disposal, around the globe. HP hopes to piggyback on CGE&Y’s wide customer base, while the systems integrator looks to benefit from as broad a range of storage management offerings as there exists on the market.

Financial terms were not disclosed. CGE&Y will pair its business consulting and services expertise with HP’s storage hardware and software business to provide completely managed solutions for customers.

The companies will focus on storage systems that address the migration, backup, optimization, and retrieval from database and application providers such as Oracle, SAP, and Siebel. HP will also train an initial 100 storage architects at CGE&Y to help design, implement, and deploy storage solutions for enterprise customers in Europe, North America, and Asia.

CGE&Y has named HP as a preferred provider of systems, storage, consulting, and support for joint HP storage engagements, while CGE&Y will serve as an external systems integrator for HP storage solutions and services. The technology HP is poised to acquire from Persist will serve as the keystone for the deal.

ILM has received a considerable bump in popularity in recent months on the strength of EMC’s move into the e-mail archiving and content management space with its purchase of Legato Systems and pending acquisition of Documentum, respectively.

Interest in ILM is rooted in the glut of compliance regulations that have sprung up over the last couple of years, partly as a result of several large companies being found guilty of accounting improprieties and shredding documents.

Regulations such as the Sarbanes Oxley Act, HIPAA, and SEC 17A-4 have all led to a slew of business audits, as companies are now required to keep e-mail archived on tape, disk, or other devices, or face litigation. Accordingly, storage vendors like HP and EMC have been blending storage management with content management to concoct ILM.

While HP has taken pains to expand its ILM strategy of late, the CGE&Y pact, an extension of a long-standing alliance with the company, is also emblematic of HP’s “Adaptive Enterprise” strategy to narrow the gulf between business and IT operations.

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

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