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Permabit Pushes Pairings

Less than three months after its product debut, startup Permabit Inc. has sealed three partnership deals, as it seeks to penetrate enterprises with its content-addressed storage (CAS) wares.

Permabit will announce Monday a joint marketing arrangement to sell its Permeon CAS server, with iLumin, which makes email archiving and regulatory compliance software. Permabit's also inked a distribution deal with value-added distributor Avnet Hall-Mark, which will funnel Permabit products through its North American resellers.

Permabit announced in October an agreement with CommVault Systems Inc., which also makes email archiving software (see CommVault Pairs With Permabit). Permabit's also signed up as a development and solutions partner with Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ).

The deals highlight the trend that's pairing up disk-based storage systems with information lifecycle management (ILM) applications, particularly ones that archive email.

It's a matchup that makes sense: Enterprises have a growing need to comply with new regulations for data and email storage, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. At the same time, they're looking for cheaper, more efficient storage alternatives to traditional tape libraries or expensive optical disks.

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