EMC's taken a swipe at the data classification market, siphoning existing products into a software package called Infoscape, for which it's made some fancy predictions. (See EMC Intros Services.) Until those materialize, its high pricetag and limited scope could discourage new buyers.
Infoscape, announced today, is a Windows-based software package for identifying and classifying unstructured data, such as Word documents and PowerPoint files, that accessible via CIFS or on EMC's Celerra NAS devices. Infoscape contains repository management software from Documentum, discovery capabilities from EMC's Smarts acquisition, and Disk Xtender technology from Legato.
George Symons, EMC's CTO for information management, says file virtualization technology from Rainfinity and encryption functions from RSA may also be added to Infoscape. (See EMC Cops Documentum, EMC Gets Smarts, EMC Acquires Smarts, EMC Refreshes NAS, SAN, and EMC Secures RSA for $2.1B.)
In the meantime, Infoscape is limited to using metadata to help IT pros organize and classify data -- a first step in implementing what EMC calls its Intelligent Information Management (IIM) strategy. (See EMC Intros IIM, EMC Peels Back IIM, and De-Classifying Data Classification.)
More is promised. "In three or four months, we will be coming out with a roadmap looking at the different file types and environments that we might be working in," says Symons.