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StorageTek Taps Permabit's CAS Act

Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK) has officially announced it will OEM Permeon Compliance Vault from startup Permabit Inc.

for email archiving (see StorageTek & Permabit Mingling). StorageTek will rebrand Permabits product as Lifecycle Fixed Content Manager 100.

The move is the latest volley in the market
for content-addressed storage systems (CAS) -- products for fixed-content documents such as email, receipts, and records that do not change after they are stored. The market for CAS has been gaining momentum as companies look to comply with new archiving regulations.

Permabit has positioned itself as a lower-cost alternative to Centera from EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), arguably the CAS market pioneer. EMC claims more than 1,000 customers and 30 Pbytes shipped for Centera systems.

Permabit uses standard CIFS and NFS file systems, claiming to make it easier to connect to other vendors' hardware than Centera (see Permabit Steps on the CAS). The product announced today scales from 2 Tbytes to 18 Tbytes and offers email archiving software from Permabit partners CommVault Systems Inc., iLumin, and IXOS Software AG (Nasdaq: XOSY). (See Permabit Pushes Pairings.)

While the initial target market for the system is email archiving for mid-sized companies or departments within enterprises, there's more to follow, says StorageTek ILM product manager Mark Lewis. “We’ll have a series of products through 2005, expanding into document management and moving into verticals such as health care.”

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