Put to the Test: ShortList

In this edition we spotlight the latest version of Virtual Iron's server virtualization solution. We also take a look at EMC Archive Services, Stellent Universal Records Management, Xerox DocuShare 5.0 and Abrevity FileData Classifier.

Virtual Iron Virtualization Solution 3
Virtual Iron Software has released Version 3 of its server virtualization solution, which runs on X86- and X64-based servers and takes advantage of Intel's new virtualization technology. The company says it can lower data-center costs and direct computing resources to the highest-priority apps in a more stable way than software-only virtualization. The solution is geared to an "app-centric" data center in which Web services and critical or high-performance computing apps can quickly receive the memory, I/O and storage they need from a shared pool of computing resources. The software can be set up to respond automatically to the requirements of service level agreements, for instance.

EMC Archive Services
EMC Documentum Archive Services for Email and EMC Documentum Archive Services for Reports are two additions to what's expected to be a product family for classifying, retaining, migrating, discovering and administering archives. The idea is to move away from a siloed approach to meeting compliance and legal-discovery challenges. The two new modules join Archive Services for SAP, introduced last year, and the vendor says it's considering additional modules for file systems, unstructured content, Microsoft SharePoint stores or possibly RFID event data by year's end.

Stellent Universal Records Management
Part of the vendor's enterprise content management platform, Stellent Universal Records Management lets organizations define, manage and execute record and retention policies for all forms of content, including physical records, and it complies with Department of Defense 5015.2 and .4 guidelines. The product's agent architecture lets you enforce records management and retention policies and schedules in native applications and repositories. That means you can leave content in its current location rather than moving it to a central repository.

Xerox DocuShare 5.0
Ease of use and low cost have attracted more than 5,000 organizations to this content management system. With the DocuShare 5.0 upgrade, Xerox also introduced DocuShare CPX, an advanced version of the platform with workflow and records management tools, as well as new blog, wiki and componentized capabilities. DocuShare 5.0 handles basic document management and simple routing, with systems starting at $5,000 for a 20-seat deployment. CPX delivers high-end features for content-enabling applications and business processes; pricing starts at $45,000 for 100 seats.

Abrevity FileData Classifier
At $499 per terabyte (for the first three, $995 after that), newcomer Abrevity's information lifecycle management solution is bound to attract attention. The FileData Classifier Information Value Management software offers search, tagging, policy-based management and data migration. It comes with its own database that automatically adjusts to schema changes, so if two files are tagged differently the database can accommodate them. Users can categorize files by dragging and dropping them onto tags, and they can search on full text, metatags and combinations of both.