Backup Tape Access – Doing a 180

Craig Ball, noted forensics guru, just published an article in Law Technology News that caught our attention. In this article, The Lowdown on Backups, Craig states that backup tapes have a bad reputation stating, “Backup tape has long been the poster child for ESI deemed “not reasonably accessible… you can’t search backup tapes unless you restore them, and everyone knows it’s a slow, laborious and expensive task.” However since Index Engines has come into the picture Craig is taking the position that “sometimes backup tapes will be the easiest, most cost-effective source of ESI.”

What happened is Index Engines automated the process and eliminated expensive, time consuming tape restoration. Craig recognizes Index Engines contribution stating, “The most striking progress in working with data on tape is seen in tools such as those from Index Engines, which index and deduplicate tape on-the-fly.” Getting the word out is helping generate tape processing activity for Index Engines and our partners. With the new understanding that tape data is as accessible as online data, we are seeing the shift in the perception of historical backup tapes. As Craig states in the article, “we may have reached the point where backups are not that much harder or costlier to deal with than dispersed active data, and they’re occasionally the smarter first resort in e-discovery.” Read the full Law Technology News article here.

LegalTech Buzz

The LegalTech show in New York this week was a great event all around. The general consensus from everyone that we spoke with was that the eDiscovery market seems to be on the upswing from any sort of lull there may have been last year. The isles were crowded, the prospects were qualified and the conversations were serious.

And the hot topic or constant theme that we saw in the Index Engines booth was consistently, “Wow!” We heard more than once, “What can’t you do??” When telling folks what was new, about Index Engines full support for Lotus Notes, people voiced appreciation for how difficult a hurdle that was to clear. The news of Index Engines validated 1 TB/hr/node processing speed, again and again met with people asking, “How fast?”, “For full content indexing?” And then there were also the people who were encountering us for the first time. We demo’d the product for an eDiscovery service provider who was so excited about indexing his clients tapes, instead of outsourcing these projects, that he kept tripping over his words.

The concept of making data truly discoverable is Index Engines’ mission. The Unified Platform – LTN’s Best New Product for 2009 – is making that happen. The partners, prospects and even competitors who visited our booth at LegalTech this year, saw that true enterprise class information discovery is on the very near horizon.

Index Engines Expands Its Network and Capabilities

At LegalTech in New York today, Index Engines is making two announcements. The first is around the platform enhancement which now includes full support for Lotus Notes email, and all unstructured data and email backed up with CommVault and UltraBac. Support for Lotus Notes joins already supported Exchange and internet based email. The list of supported backup formats now includes: Netbackup, BackupExec, TSM, ArcServe, Networker, NTbackup, CommVault and UltraBac. Read this announcement in full here.

The second announcement features the partnership between LECG and Index Engines. These two market leaders have entered into a partnership that will leverage LECG’s expertise with Index Engines marketing leading technology. LECG has chosen to implement Index Engines technology, the only solution that can collect data from backup tapes without costly restoration, and also process online data at speeds of 1TB, into their DC3 solutions. This combination of functionality and know-how will enable LECG customers to implement the best eDiscovery projects possible. Read the full press release here.

Visit Index Engines at LegalTech NY, Feb 1-3, 2010 at the Hilton New York Hotel (Avenue of the Americas and 53rd Street) in booth 2119 to see a live demo of the Unified Platform, winner of LTN’s Gold New Product of 2009, with Lotus Notes, CommVault and UltraBac support and to learn more about how Index Engines will be integrated into LECG’s DC3 solutions.

The Changing face of ESI Collection

On January 11th in the case of Bank of Montreal Judge, Scheindlin issued a very important opinion. Judge Scheindlin’s opinion tie closely to the famous Zubulake case. In this event, the legal teams went into the case not prepared with the relevant ESI. The judge found them negligent – and ruled that if they cannot find data online in corporate networks they must to go to backup tapes. What this means for law firms or enterprises is to put more emphasis on ESI collection, including backup tapes, or face negligence fines down the road. Combine the weight of Schendlin’s opinion with Craig Ball’s most recent white paper, which proposed that backup tape might actually be the best place to conduct eDiscovery due to the tamper-proof nature, and what you have is a shift in the importance of tape discovery in the market. If the courts mirror Scheindlin’s sentiments, and eDiscovery experts adopt Ball’s beliefs, then tape is going to become a focal point for future eDiscovery. With new technology, such as Index Engines, making the search and collection of tape data, fast, easy and cost effective, it really is only a matter of time, until tapes are considered the next generation of legal hold.

Meet Index Engines at LegalTech

Index Engines is preparing for the upcoming LegalTech show, Feb 1-3, 2010 at the Hilton New York Hotel (Avenue of the Americas and 53rd Street). We will be exhibiting in booth #2119 and demonstrating Index Engines Unified Platform, winner of the LTN Gold Award for Best New Product of 2009.

If you are interested in saving significant time and money related to data discovery and information management, contact Index Engines to meet with our executives at the show. Specifically, if you are spending large amounts of money storing backup tapes offsite, or committing hefty budgets to engage eDiscovery services providers, Index Engines technology and our partner network can help. Our ability to index data in backup formats and process online data at speeds over 1 TB/Hr/node enables litigation readiness like never before.

Index Engines will also be announcing major new functionality at LegalTech. For a private demonstration of the new capabilities and to discuss your specific need or application, contact Index Engines today.

Index Engines CEO Speaks on Managing Massive Amounts of Data

In a recent Posse List interview, Tim Williams, CEO of Index Engines, discusses how technology is changing eDiscovery. He goes so far as to say that true data management will make eDiscovery, both as a market and as a practice, obsolete.

Tim outlines the functionality of the Index Engines Unified Platform that took home the LTN Gold award for Best New Product of 2009. This platform, allows access to all enterprise data, regardless of format or container, and does so at speeds that make the management of this data achievable. According to Williams, the concept of “discovery” implies that there is unknown data. If all data was throughly indexed and made accessible then the challenge of eDiscovery becomes unnecessary. Read the full Posse List interview with Tim Williams here and find out what else this industry visionary has to say.

Analysts Predict eDiscovery on the Rise

In a recent article Chris Musico summarizes ESG’s report on the rise of in-house eDiscovery. Some interesting points from the Musico’s article and the report include:

• 22 percent of those surveyed actually have “e-discovery manager” titles, which the study states is a “reflection of the move in-house and importance of having a dedicated resource.” The increased trend of enterprises to have internal eDiscovery specialists shows where the market is headed.

• Companies aren’t just slapping titles on employees – they are laying out an increasing amount of money to bring particular e-discovery processes back in-house. The study reveals nearly 40 percent of respondents forecast a 20 percent or greater increase in e-discovery spending in 2010. Furthermore, 87 percent of those surveyed said they plan to budget for technology specifically supporting the e-discovery process next year.

• Seventy-three percent of respondents plan to bring all or some e-discovery processes back in-house in 2010. By focusing on the tasks and processes that can drive more cost savings, the logical next step is to internalize eDiscovery processes and leverage the technology for other IT initiatives as well.

• Consequently, the study found the top phase of e-discovery that respondents – 69 percent of them – plan to bring in house is processing/analysis, with identification/collection a close second (66 percent). Collection and analysis assume the vast amount of time and money. By handling at least a portion of these phases in-house the eDiscovery expense will be reduced.

Index Engines platform for rapidly indexing large amounts of stored data is instrumental for any enterprise transitioning eDiscovery to an in-house function. The investment in this market-leading technology is quickly justified when discovery services and secondary storage costs start to decrease. Voted LTN’s Best New Product for 2009, Index Engines enables in-house discovery, along-side other corporate initiatives such as storage assessment and records management. Index Engines offers powerful collection and identification capabilities, that this new class of enterprise eDiscovery managers would be well served to learn more about.

Are Backup Tapes Scary?

This is the question posed by Karl Schieneman, Director of Legal Analytics and Document Review for Jurinnov, during a recent ESI Btyes podcast entitled “Should We Be Scared of Back Up Tapes in E-Discovery?“. Quin Gregor, the COO of Strategic Data Retention, alongside two 2009 LTN Gold Award winners; Craig Ball and Jim McGann, from Index Engines, were all on hand to discuss the role backup tapes are playing in today’s eDiscovery projects.

The podcast reviews such issues as; When and how to discover backup tape data for ligitation? Who should handle this type of discovery? How much duplicate data is typically found on tapes? And much more. To hear the lively commentary these industry experts offer on the fear factor backup tapes and their discovery are causing the Legal and IT communities, check out this podcast today.

Index Engines Wins Gold LTN Award

Law Technology News announced the winners of the 2009 Vendor awards last week. Index Engines took top honors for its Unified Discovery Platform, with the Gold award for Best New Product of 2009. The Unified Discovery Platform also won the silver in both the Litigation Support Software and Records Management categories. Thanks to all our partners and customers who voted for Index Engines. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Index Engines Unified Discovery Platform takes a fresh approach for discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) in the enterprise. Enterprise data existing on networks, hard drives, even backup tapes can now be efficiently indexed, deduplicated, searched, managed and extracted through one powerful interface. The Index Engines platform indexes data from all storage containers for comprehensive discovery. The Unified Discovery Platform integrates high speed indexing into existing infrastructure that is non-invasive and highly efficient. Terabytes of data on network file servers can be processed at unprecedented speeds of 1TB per hour. Only Index Engines makes information locked away on historical backup tapes easily accessible – without the need to restore the content. Even data on user desktops, or contained in forensic images can be easily discovered and collected. One platform seamlessly indexes, searches and separates the relevant content from the mass of enterprise data, regardless of location, format or age. Learn more about Index Engines product and capabilities here.

Reduce Enterprise Data Through IT Discovery

Storage Switzerland’s most recent article, IT Discovery Enables Data Reduction, discusses the volume of enterprise data and the risks that come along with this unmanaged bulk.

The author, Erik Slack, sites Index Engines technology as the solution to getting a handle on this vast amount of digital content. Index Engines processing speed of 1 TB/Hr/node, most recently validated on the Data Domain platform, allows IT to discover what is actually in their backups, and manage it appropriately. By proactively indexing their data companies can take control of their eDiscovery and offsite storage costs, and also turn that forgotten historical data into an enterprise asset.