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Data storage and protection provider Symantec, which has just about everything in its feature arsenal but a complete e-discovery option, took care of that detail May 19 by acquiring Mountain View, Calif., neighbor Clearwell Systems for $390 million.

Clearwell’s eDiscovery software package, which Time Warner Communications recently bought for its own corporate system, is well respected in legal and business world. Symantec plans to integrate it with its own Enterprise Vault eDiscovery product to create a "more complete end-to-end e-discovery solution," Symantec said.

Symantec’s existing archiving and e-discovery package is "pretty rudimentary" and needed a major augmentation, an industry insider told eWEEK.

What e-Discovery Software Does

E-discovery is the electronic process by which records are gathered from data stores and processed for litigation requirements. This includes anything digital: word processing files, photos, email, audio and video files, instant messaging transcripts, Internet bookmarks—even data center users’ logs.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Symantec Buys into e-Discovery with Clearwell Systems