It’s July and bound to be quiet. Even so, in the GRC space, AvePoint and KnowledgeLake have paired up for SharePoint 2010 content governance, Symantec has finally closed the deal with Clearwell, Aveska’s enterprise governance solution is in big demand, while Vista SP1 support has stopped so no more security upgrades there.

AvePoint, KnowledgeLake Partner for SharePoint 2010

Lifecycle management vendor AvePoint (news, site) and KnowledgeLake (news, site) have announced a joint initiative to offer a comprehensive solution to companies using SharePoint 2010 as their mission-critical enterprise content management platform.

Combined, they say, they will be able to offer the SharePoint 2010 community a comprehensive solution to use it as a platform for enterprise content management.

When embracing SharePoint 2010 for ECM, companies need to look at  how to efficiently they can scan paper documents and add legacy electronic repositories into SharePoint 2010.

From there, organizations must intelligently manage Microsoft SQL Server storage in SharePoint 2010, as well as develop a comprehensive SharePoint 2010 governance, content lifecycle management and asset retention strategy.

And this is where this partnership works. Once the content is captured and indexed, the content can be protected and managed using the two solutions combined.

Vista SP1 Support Finished

Also this week, Microsoft announced it has ended support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1. This means that it will no longer provide any assisted support or security updates, with the result that Vista users are being encouraged to upgrade to Service Pack 2, if they still insist on using Vista.

SP1 was released in February 2008 and SP2 followed on April 29, 2009. Support for SP2 will end two years after SP3 is released (if ever) or at the end of Windows Vista's support lifecycle. It’s not a huge announcement, but from a security point of view, definitely worth noting.

Symantec-Clearwell Deal Closed

It was announced weeks ago, but it has now finally been closed. Symantec (news, site) has announced that privately-held Clearwell (news, site) is now part of Symantec. Symantec completed its acquisition of Clearwel on June 24, the company said in a statement. The acquisition agreement between Symantec and Clearwell was announced on May 19, 2011.

The acquisition of Clearwell brings together one of the better archiving, backup and e-Discovery solutions, with Symantec’s comprehensive information management solutions.

With it, companies will be able to streamline their e-Discovery workflow for litigation, investigations and regulatory compliance.

In addition, this acquisition is expected to provide future product integration opportunities with Symantec backup and security, by leveraging Symantec NetBackup, Data Loss Prevention and Data Insight.

It also enables Symantec to bolster its end-to-end e-Discovery capabilities by addressing the search, discovery and analysis of electronically stored information in distributed endpoints (such as laptops and desktops) and cloud-based applications.

Aveska Governance Revenue Doubles

Meanwhile, Aveska (news, site), which provides Access Governance automation solutions, announced this week that it increased revenue by 40% over the last quarter and by 96% over the same period last year. There are two things worth noting here: The first is that it confirms that enterprises are spending on IT again -- not exactly news at this point -- but also that IT governance is big business.

During the quarter, the company had 100% maintenance renewal rates with existing customers, and added a number of new customers across many verticals, including banking, financial services, healthcare and insurance.

In June, Aveska announced the release of version 5.0 of its suite of Access Governance automation software solutions. New innovations in v 5.0 included a Data Access Governance module, an architectural concept called XMDB (Access Management Database) that serves as the authoritative source for user access within the enterprise, enhanced enterprise-grade performance and scalability. There’s a lot more promised here so it's one to watch out for.