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Symantec Readies Enterprise Vault Shakeup

Symantec is planning to overhaul its Enterprise Vault product with a myriad of new features, including e-discovery and security enhancements, according to John Thompson, the companys CEO.

“We’re adding an enormous number of capabilities to it -- better e-discovery capability, better content awareness,” he told Byte and Switch in an interview at Symantec Vision this week, explaining that these enhancements will come from the vendor’s Vontu technology.

Symantec bought the DLP (data leak prevention) specialist Vontu for $350 million late last year and is now building its data classification capabilities into Enterprise Vault.

The souped-up version of Enterprise Vault will be on the market late this year or in early 2009, enabling users to create new indexes for existing archived data.

“With Vontu, I can ipso facto create an index -- I can run Vontu on [the archive] and it can do classification of the data,” noted Mark Bregman, the Symantec CTO. “That’s the first step, but we’re going to go beyond that.”

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