EMC launches latest Centera

EMC Corp. on Tuesday introduced the latest version of its content addressed storage (CAS) system, the Centera Compliance Edition.

Specifically designed to meet the needs of companies with fixed content needs, the system offers several new features including the ability to set a defined timeline for the storage of a file.

Ken Steinhardt, Eden Prairie, Minn.-based director, technology analysis for EMC, explained this new version of the appliance is geared towards enterprises that require the ability to keep unchanging records for extended periods of time. Government, financial and medical verticals, for example, might need to keep a file for years in order to comply with specific regulations, and ensure it will not be deleted.

With the product’s retention enforcement feature, an IT manager or administrator is given the ability to set specific retention rules to electronic records to meet these types of requirements. For example, a company could determine that a file could not be deleted for five years. After the five-year period, the file would remain on the system until someone requested that it be deleted. The highest level of retention would be that the file is never deleted, Steinhardt explained.

Other new features of the Compliance Edition include the ability to permanently delete selected data – what Steinhardt referred to as “shredding” – as well as new security features that allow an administrator to pick and choose security levels by defined applications or server domains.

EMC Canada, in Toronto, is on the Web at www.emc2.ca.