This week, Dell shows that it is serious about developing its SaaS offerings with new email security software. CommVault extends its Simpana software, while BMC has automated its GRC processes on its BSM platform.

Dell Secures Hosted Email

Dell may have lost out to HP in the bidding war for 3Par, but it is still serious about developing its SaaS portfolio. In its most recent move, Dell has teamed up with security specialist, Symantec (news, site), to provide added security to its hosted email services.

As a result, Dell will use Symantec Hosted Services' cloud-based security services to bring new e-mail security features and better functionality to Dell's EMS customers and channel partners.

New features include hosted email anti-virus and anti-spam tools, hosted email image and content control as well as email boundary encryption.

By introducing the new security elements to the cloud, not only will Dell (news, site) provide better security for existing cloud users, but it will also push more new customers towards Dell’s SaaS solutions as they search for ‘best value’ solutions in the cloud. 

CommVault Unifies Simpana 9

CommVault (news, site) has recently announced that it is extending the capabilities of its next-generation Simpana 9 software by unifying its Information Governance platform.

This unified platform approach simplifies the acquisition of information to create a unique single view into enterprise information regardless of whether it is physical or digital.

Simpana 9 includes capabilities that simplify information management tasks and consolidate data records. By centrally managing policies, Simpana software will cut e-Discovery costs and significantly reduce compliance review time.

Since legacy information management solutions typically lack integration across different application sources and tiers of storage, they fail to manage information over its lifecycle, creating unnecessary risk, escalating costs and create silos of data not connected to the enterprise information management infrastructure .

With Simpana 9's Information Governance, CommVault offers enterprise-wide intelligent search through a purpose built UI, customizable and automated workflow for e-Discovery and compliance, records classification retention and declaration and privacy related content and subsequent violations alerts.

BMC Automates GRC

Meanwhile, BMC (news, site) has also announced the expansion of its industry-standard Business Service Management (BSM) platform by adding automated governance, risk and compliance management.

BMC's software automates and manages the entire IT GRC lifecycle, from policy creation to assessment reporting across the enterprise.

Functionality includes the ability to define and manage policies, manage and automate controls and audits as well as automating and enforcing compliance across infrastructure, suppliers and end-users.

BMC's IT GRC offering is fully integrated into its business services management platform, which provides users with a link between compliance management and compliance execution. This release, BMC says, is one of the first steps towards automating the entire compliance processes.

UK IT Professionals Still Prefer Paper Records

Despite all the talk of moving from paper to electronic-based records, new research by document management vendor Version One (news, site) shows that 86% of senior IT professionals are still reliant on paper records with over half of these (51%) stating that they are very reliant.

Just 1% of respondents state that they hardly ever have to rely on paper records while the remaining 13% admit they are occasionally reliant.

Carried out across a range of UK and Irish public and private sector organisations, 32% of those surveyed said that they would most likely switch to electronic document and records management in order to improve customer service while 20% admitted that assurances that electronic documents are legally permissible (such as with HM Revenue and Customs) would be a key driver for eliminating paper.

The rest of the respondents said they would make the move if they could be sure that electronic records management was secure, legally admissible and did not impinge on customer service.