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Dell EMC's Documentum 7.3 content management solution caters to virtual servers as the organizations move to cloud storage models for their data.

By Elizabeth O'Dowd

Dell EMC has announced their latest version of their enterprise content management platform, Documentum 7.3.

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Dell EMC’s latest platform aims to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) by creating easier delivery and deployment of new applications and enabling a cloud-first strategy, to address the increased content management demands.

Dell EMC’s content management solution focuses on virtualization as organizations increase adoption of software-defined data centers (SDDCs) and virtual servers. Documentum 7.3 caters to virtual cloud deployments, simplifying the management and delivery of data.

"Today, nearly all enterprise organizations take a 'virtualized-server-only' approach to new applications in their datacenter," said Mark Arbour, Head of Product Management for Documentum Products, Dell EMC Enterprise Content Division.

"This push toward virtualization and cost reduction has driven adoption of the 'software-defined datacenter' worldwide as IT faces pressures to compete with external commercial services.” he continued. “With today's announcement, we are well positioned to provide unprecedented agility and efficiency to help customers deliver applications at the speed of business."

A software-defined data center (SDDC), covers virtualization concepts geared toward automating and abstracting data center resources. Each element of the infrastructure including networking, security, and storage is virtualized and implemented as a service.

Virtualized infrastructure is growing as organizations seek to eliminate hardware expenses and give users quick access to data. Documentum uses cloud and virtualization concepts to reduce the number of physical or virtual servers required to run an application by using Docker application support.

Docker containers do not have separate operating systems and can share resources. Docker systems can host multiple configurations of the same application container, resulting in system performance benefits from the smaller footprint. Shared resources are better utilized which reduces hardware and operating costs.

Documentum 7.3 uses certified open source server stack functionality and is based on open source software, including Linux OS (Ubuntu, CentOS) and PostgreSQL database. By eliminating commercial software licensing, the potential cost of the content management solution drops significantly.

Dell EMC also supports for cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, giving customers access to a variety of cloud storage options.

Enterprise content management collects and organizes information produced by an organization, allowing users to access the correct version of a document. Content management captures information, manages information, stores information in the correct place within a data center, and archives data for future use.

Enterprise content management plays a large part in improving the way documents and other data is stored and organized. For healthcare organizations, electronic health records (EHRs) need to be properly organized so users can access the correct information and data analytics solutions can find and process EHR data.

EHRs are a particular challenge for healthcare organizations because they can be both structured and unstructured. Many EHRs allow unstructured free text input for notes and patient narratives. Two forms of data in one document cause information translation errors when archived, presenting potential issues when exporting or sharing EHRs within an organization. Organizations using data for care improvements via predictive analytics may miss important information because it was stored properly.

Enterprise content management solutions process and organize structured, semistructured, and unstructured data making it a necessary deployment for healthcare organizations with EHRs.

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