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Documentum adds storage tools

Software maker capitalizes on EMC connection, announcing product that bridges content management, storage management applications.

Documentum is set to announce a new product Thursday that bridges content management and storage management software, the first concrete outgrowth of the company's takeover by storage hardware giant EMC.

Documentum's new Content Storage Services product will enable IT administrators to set storage polices for corporate documents, as they're incorporated into a central repository. Rarely accessed documents can be automatically shuttled to low-performance storage servers, while popular items reside on hot-rod systems.

"Companies can save money by taking advantage of different levels of service," said John Magee, vice president of product marketing at Documentum. "For something that's being accessed by 1,000 users simultaneously, you want to make sure it's on the highest-performance storage platform you've got. With other items, you can archive them on a more basic system."

Documentum is a specialist in content management software, large-scale enterprise systems that manage a central repository for all of a company's "unstructured data"--ranging from e-mail messages to corporate brochures. The software maker was acquired last year by EMC in a move seen as heralding a new push to integrate content management and storage management functions.

The new Documentum product--an add-on to the company's main content management application--was created with the help of EMC engineers, Magee said, but it's not exclusive to EMC customers. Content Storage Services will work with hardware from other leading storage vendors, including Hitachi and Network Appliance.

"Our customers have these heterogeneous environments, and we're committed to servicing those," Magee said. "We've made it clear we're going to continue to support a range of different platforms."

Content Storage Services is available now, with pricing starting around $50,000 for a typical enterprise installation.