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Packaged Approach to E-Discovery

With CIOs facing ever-increasing legal and compliance pressures, vendors are cranking up their efforts to solve firms' e-discovery woes.

Today SAN specialist Xiotech unveiled its first email archiving and e-discovery system, Corporate Evidence Management System (CEMS), which captures and classifies electronic files.

Recent months have seen a flurry of activity around email archiving and records retention, thanks largely to some high-profile legal cases involving Intel, AMD, and Morgan Stanley, as well as a slew of compliance regulations (See Intel's Email Maelstrom, A Fine Mess, and Storage Goes to Law School.) "The regulatory and legal aspects [made users] put a different set of glasses on," explains Brian Babineau, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

Despite increasing levels of paranoia, users have bemoaned the lack of products that could link records management, email, and e-discovery systems. (See Legal Eagles Seek Data Unity.)

Xiotech's new package includes a one rack-unit high AMD-based application server that runs the CEMS software, a 2-Tbyte Xiotech Magnitude system, and a network switch from either Cisco or Brocade. (See Xiotech Intros Storage System and Weiss Group Selects Xiotech.)

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