Feeds

Hard-up Big Biz's docs lobbed into cheap cloud

EMC OnDemand forced to go virtual

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

EMC has countered claims that the price of its enterprise-grade document handling software exceeds business value – by offering them as on-demand cloud services.

Customers tap into the content management services from whichever gadget is to hand by accessing an on-premise installation managed by EMC or an off-premise setup in a cloudy data centre. It is a hybrid cloud deployment model.

There are three services:

  • EMC OnDemand for Captiva for scanning and document capture;
  • OnDemand Document Sciences for automated document mailing; and
  • OnDemand Documentum for content management.

These run in so-called Virtual Cubes, which are software corrals fashioned using EMC, RSA and VMware components. The front-end to the VCUBEs is used by an OnDemand administrator, and each VCUBE can run one or more applications

EMC's Andrew Chapman, senior director for product management of the OnDemand products, said of the three base products – Captiva, Document Sciences, and Documentum: "They were not [originally] designed for the cloud and multi-tenancy." By running them in VCUBEs they are isolated from each other and operate safely and securely within a multi-tenancy environment.

The OnDemand infrastructure can contain one or several EMC and EMC partner products and is said to be completely portable from one data centre to another.

Customers can provision the services themselves, meaning an entire customer environment with multiple application instances for production, test and development. Captiva provisioning takes less than two hours and Documentum up to six. Chapman said that would probably come down towards two hours next year.

Customers will be charged on a consumption basis and get their service up and running much faster than a traditional CAPEX purchase-based implementation.

Melissa Webster, an IDC veep, said in a canned quote: "We think this could significantly change the total cost of ownership (TCO) equation for EMC's Information Intelligence Group products."

The IIG products have not been as popular with EMC's customers as many of its other products; EMC hopes that offering them as a cloud-based service will make them more affordable and their value will shine through. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
A beheading in EMC's ViPR lair? Software's big cheese to advise CEO
Changes amid rivalry in the storage snake pit
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.