Computer Associates recently made public its acquisition of an e-mail archiving software vendor whose technology CA says will help round out BrightStor, its suite to manage storage.

The company did not disclose how much it spent on iLumin Software Services, which was founded in 1996.

CA will sell iLumin’s Assentor product line as is, with plans to eventually integrate it into its storage and broader management portfolio. CA says the acquisition brings cross-platform e-mail security, archiving and data protection to its BrightStor management suite.

Industry watchers say the technology will help CA address a growing need among its enterprise customers, which are being called upon to manage e-mail in line with compliance requirements.

“It will give CA the ability to manage e-mail as an information life-cycle management application, according to regulatory requirements,” says Mike Karp, a senior analyst with Enterprise Management Associates.

“Eventually, it will make sense for CA to integrate the technology with its Unicenter management software.”

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