EMC Corp. launched today a storage system designed to store and manage fixed-content data such as electronic documents, e-mail messages and check images.

EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., says its new Centura online storage architecture was designed “from the ground up to address the unique information storage requirements of long-lasting, unchanging objects, or fixed content. The company says Centura allows customers to scale from single-digit terabytes to petabytes “with virtually no increase in complexity.”

EMC’s release of Centura serves to extend the company’s market beyond storage area networks and network attached servers, technology that is typically used for storing data that constantly changes. EMC cited data from the University of California at Berkeley, which predicts that amount of digital information will continue to double every year and that more than half of it is fixed content.

EMC says Centera, which is already available, has a beginning list price of $101,500 for hardware and $103,200 for software, for a five terabyte protected system configuration representing.

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