Masters Conference Commentary

Index Engines is sponsoring the 2009 Masters Conference in Washington DC, Oct. 13th-14th. The 1st day buzz from the event floor is all about early case assessment (ECA). The counsel in attendance are scoping out new approaches for in-house data review. The knee-jerk process of reactive eDiscovery is facing scrutiny. Rather than continuing to pay high fees for rushed, 3rd party collection, Masters’ attendees are deploying in-house data collection solutions for proactive discovery. This methodology enables ECA, reduces downstream review and empowers legal teams to make informed decisions when faced with a litigation event. With processing speeds up to 1 Tb/Hr and the capability to index backup data with out restoring it, Index Engines is uniquely positioned to facilitate in-house discovery, and make ECA an achievable milestone.

Storage Switzerland Reviews Index Engines 3.0

Storage Switzerland’s senior analyst, George Crump, recently reviewed Index Engines 3.0 platform. He was impressed by both the range of data and variety of containers the product indexes from, and how fast the data processing occurs (1 Tb/Hr). In his write up, Index Engines 3.0 – Data Discovery for IT, Crump recognizes that the speeds and feeds of the Index Engines platform take eDiscovery to a whole new level. Data discovery across the enterprise is feasible when an appliance can handle a billion objects at up to 1 Tb/Hr. Index Engines core technology has been built for just that; proactive data discovery and management – or what Crump terms IT Discovery.

Backup into an Archive

Recently Matthew Lodge from Symantec wrote an article outlining why data archives, not backup tapes, should be the source electronic data discovery. In his article, Archiving Is For E-discovery; Backup Is For Recovery, he suggests that IT, HR, Legal and Records Management all work together to design and implement a corporate archive policy and system. This is all good advice, but what about the years of data sitting on the backup tapes? Lodge sites huge costs for restoring and discovery backup data. And traditionally this was the case. But Index Engines Tape Discovery solution changes the situation.

New technology allows backup tapes to be scanned, indexed, searched and the pertinent data extracted into an archive for a fraction of the cost of traditional restore. Lodge’s idea of building an archive to prepare for eDiscovery is excellent. But without the historical data stored on backup tapes, this archive will only tell part of the story. For a truly valuable resource, index your backup tapes proactively, populate the archive, and be informed the next time a legal event occurs.

Index Engines at ILTA

Index Engines will be attending ILTA 09 next week, taking place outside of Washington, DC. As an eDiscovery market influencer, Index Engines will be attending the conference as a consultant rather than a vendor. We’ll be meeting with law firms, service providers and end users educating them about how the discovery of backup data is becoming more and more necessary, especially with the passage of the new California eDiscovery Act. Check back for an event recap after our time at ILTA next week.

Fast LAN Indexing Speed Explained – 1 TB/Hr/Node

Some say Index Engines LAN indexing is faster than a speeding bullet. This week Index Engines announced that the new 3.0 platform performs full content and metadata indexing of LAN data at sustained rates of up to 1 Terabyte per hour using a single indexing node. This same platform also indexes up to a billion files and email in one system. This speed was validated by BlueArc on their Titan network storage platform. Read the press release here.

These unprecedented metrics demonstrate the power of Index Engines’ purpose-built operating system for indexing enterprise-class data environments versus traditional data processing solutions. Already implemented by corporate clients across the U.S. and Canada, Index Engines LAN indexing platform is changing the way enterprise data is managed. Find out how these blazing fast speeds are achieved in Index Engines new technology overview.

Energy Giant Chooses Index Engines LAN Solution

A Global Energy Corporation was faced with complying with federal regulations around data retention and also accommodating data discovery requests to support their legal team. The data in question was 30 terabytes of unstructured backup data stored on network attached storage. After trialing well known indexing and data management platforms, and having these products fail, Index Engines technology was implemented. The other indexing solutions they evaluated required seven or more nodes and over 30 days to index the 30 terabytes. One Index Engines node was installed and the job was complete in a week. Read about this implementation & the cost savings and efficiency this IT team is experiencing in the full case study.

E-Discovery Rescue?

Earlier this month E-Discovery Bytes wrote an article suggesting that Google may come to the rescue for information management as it applies to E-Discovery. We hope that readers aren’t facing a true emergency if they attempt to follow this article’s advice. There are some key pieces of information that author Anthony Chan overlooks.

It is true that Google has solved search over the public Internet. However applying the same technology to the enterprise is a different story. In order to index the Internet Google has built massive data centers to process the data. In processing this data they make a cache copy of all web pages (perform a Google search and you will see a link “Cached” next to each search result. This process works for the web where you can spread the cost of this data center among billions of users. This process does not work for the enterprise. Having exabytes of enterprise data that would need to be cached (replicated) is not practical. It would require doubling the entire enterprise storage environment – something no company would undertake.

In order to make exabytes of ESI discoverable you need to build an affordable solution that is designed to be efficient (small index footprint), scalable (billions of objects per server), and fast (1TB/Hour/node processing speed). This is not what Google has delivered. It is a fine point solution for smaller projects, but when you talk terabytes or exabytes you need to look elsewhere.

Mr. Chan should take a close look at Index Engines approach to enterprise discovery before he attempts his next rescue mission. Index Engines is all that Google is not; efficient, scalable and fast. View our discovery solutions here.

Law.com Takes a Closer Look at AB 5

A recent article in Law.com highlights the differences between the new California Electronic Discovery Act and FRCP. The article states “The new California legislation, by contrast (to FRCP), assumes that all electronically stored information is accessible. Rather than requiring the requesting party to bring a motion to compel in the first instance, as under the federal rules, it instead provides that the responding party may bring a motion for a protective order”.

With the cost of ESI discovery dropping, and ease of access to previously inaccessible ESI (backup tapes) via new technology from Index Engines, it is no surprise that these regulations are entering the market.

Here is a link to the full article.

Preservation of Disaster Recovery Backup Tapes?

The court just ordered production of disaster recovery backup tapes, despite defendant’s argument that ESI on the tapes is not reasonably accessible. This is happening more and more as technology is making tape discovery less painful. Index Engines automated approach saves significant time and expense when dealing with ESI from tape. No longer does the burden argument hold. This article from Law.com summarizes the case:

Preservation of Disaster Recovery Backup Tapes?

Do you need to preserve disaster recovery backup tapes that contain relevant ESI? Guidance from commentators and case law is mixed. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are silent on whether disaster recovery backup tapes need to be preserved when implementing a litigation hold. What we know, however, is that all relevant ESI must be preserved. Relevant ESI can be contained on backup tapes that a party deems not reasonably accessible. See FRCP 26(b)(2)(B). Assuming backup tapes are preserved and identified as not reasonably accessible, will the tapes ever be subject to discovery? In short, yes as demonstrated by Kilpatrick v. Breg, Inc., 2009 WL 1764829 (S.D. Fla. June 22, 2009).

In Kilpatrick the court ordered production of disaster recovery backup tapes, despite defendant’s argument that ESI on the tapes is not reasonably accessible. While the case does not address the question of preservation directly, it stands as a warning. Defendant repeatedly represented that active ESI met its discovery burden. Defendant also advised that additional relevant ESI might be contained on backup tapes, designated as not reasonably accessible because they were maintained for disaster recovery purposes only. Plaintiff was not buying it and moved to compel production of the backup tapes. The court agreed that the ESI produced so far seemed to have some holes and compelled limited production from the backup tapes.

Full article here.

The Buzz About AB 5 (aka: Chapter 5, Statutes of 2009)

Index Engines exhibited at LegalTech West in Los Angeles last week. And the buzz on the show floor was largely about Assembly Bill 5 – better known as AB 5. AB 5 is a bill that is sitting on Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk awaiting signature, that takes a much firmer approach surrounding the access to historical data that must be made available to support legal proceedings.

FRCP started the ball rolling by requiring that electronic evidence be made discoverable, unless an undue burden could be claimed. AB 5 takes a much harder line, effectively overrulling Zubulake’s position that data contained by disaster recovery systems was simply inaccessible. AB5, when passed into law, will not let the responsible party object to data discovery simply based on it’s location. Disaster recovery data will now be presumed fair game for discovery. Back up tapes contain the large majority of data stored for disaster recovery. As such, the Index Engines booth at LegalTech was hopping.

Index Engines is the only technology commercially available that allows fast, cost-effective, forensically sound access to files and email stored on backup tapes. Enterprise legal teams and high profile law firms are well aware of the high cost of traditional tape restoration services. These prohibitive costs are what spurred the Zubulake ruling initially. AB 5 will force the issue, tapes will become part of routine eDiscovery, and Index Engines will be there to help. We’re already helping enterprise clients process through their legacy disaster recovery tapes. Our white paper, The Anatomy of Tape, outlines how large scale tape discovery and remediation projects can be made manageable.

Update July 1, 2009: AB 5 – now officially called Chapter 5, Statutes of 2009 – was signed last night. It is now official. See this post on e-Discovery Insights (Perry L. Segal, Esq.) blog. Perry has been closely tracking AB 5.