Kazeon introduces federated electronic discovery tool for remote data

Kazeon's Information Center allows organizations to search and analyze remote data for e-discovery that is stored at remote sites through a central data center console.

Kazeon Systems Inc. has added the ability to collect, preserve, hold, analyze and review data for electronic discovery at remote sites with its Information Center unified management system. Information Center allows organizations to conduct e-discovery in remote sites without leaving the data center or VPN connection.

Kazeon's CEO Sudhakar Muddu said the remote capabilities saves enterprises faced with litigation from having to physically collect drives and storage boxes with relevant data from remote sites. "If the enterprise doesn't have an IT presence at a remote site, it has to send a person to that site to collect the drive, collect the storage box, then ship them to the data center through UPS or FedEx," Muddu said.

Transferring the data over a DSL connection is also inefficient, but many remote sites have only DSL connections, Muddu said. He estimated it would take one year of transfer time to send 20 TB of data over a DSL connection.

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Information Center can be installed from a data center console to remote systems, and it indexes and classifies local files and emails on servers, desktop PCs, laptops and Exchange servers. It communicates with the remote site to search, tag, and hold relevant data. It can search multiple remote sites, summarize search results in one report and display the information in a standard Web browser.

Information Center integrates with Kazeon's other data management products to preserve relevant data and the chain of evidence, tag individual documents or emails, and store collected information in Symantec Enterprise Vault. A single node or software license for Information Center starts at $20,000.

An alternative to outsourcing e-discovery remote data

Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Brian Babineau said he sees "a healthy demand" for this type of e-discovery tool. He said many organizations outsource much of their e-discovery process, but Information Center provides them with one pane of glass to search and manage information distributed around the world.

"What they are allowing companies to do is to centralize the view into all of their potential information regardless of where it is physically located," he said.

Large organizations will likely still outsource part of the process, but Information Center can bring some of the work in-house, Babineau said.

"I think companies will be forced from a control and cost perspective to do more in-house and utilize the legal service providers to do specific parts of electronic discovery, like large scale document processing and analysis," he said. "There will be a role for both models."

Babineau said the major competitors to Information Center are companies who offer e-discovery services such as Iron Mountain, Applied Discovery, Autonomy and FTI Consulting.

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