SEC gets its own e-mail house in order

In a wry twist, the same agency that requires securities firms to archive their e-mail for compliance reasons has chosen software and hardware from EMC Corp. and Legato Systems Inc. to manage its own e-mail.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has selected EMC's Centera content-addressable storage system and Legato's EmailXtender and DiskXtender software to reduce the size of its Microsoft Exchange databases by migrating them to less-expensive secondary storage. The hardware and software will also be used to improve search and retrieval.

With Legato's EmailXtender and DiskXtender software, data is automatically moved off an e-mail server and onto the Centera Compliance Edition storage array. The software captures and indexes all incoming and outgoing e-mail.

The EMC Centera stores the e-mail messages until they are no longer needed or until government regulations deem they can be discarded.

Last week, AT&T Corp. announced that it would offer its customers a service based on EMC gear. The AT&T E-Mail Archiving service uses EMC's Centera and KVS Inc.'s Enterprise Vault archiving software.

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