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December 2006

Automated data classification drives security, storage convergence

Order in the Closet Security has never been a high priority in the storage market, but that's changing. Regulatory requirements and potentially catastrophic loss or theft of customer information are driving corporations to get control of petabytes of information. Data classification products from a fistful of startups such as Kazeon, Mathon Systems, Njini and Scentric, and storage giant EMC herald the increasing convergence of security, compliance and storage management. These products crawl file shares, drawing metadata and, in some cases, content information, so enterprises can make intelligent decisions about storage and security. This is a security technology you can sell to management as a money-saver. Unstructured information in Office documents, .pdfs, email messages, attachments, log files, even image and CAD files is the biggest pain point. "One of our customers calls it the 'Wild, Wild West of IT,'" says Sheila Childs, a software director for EMC. "Information started to grow beyond capacity in terms of time needed to ...

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