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Apps to classify and find data

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Abrevity Inc.
Abrevity offers two data classification products, FileData Classifier and FileData Manager. They generally share the same functionality, but FileData Classifier, targeted at the small- to medium-sized business (SMB), has a 3TB limit and can't be combined with Abrevity's database module. The products have broad capabilities, including tagging, migration, discovery and copy. Abrevity has done a good job of finding other vendors to partner with to offer greater functionality. This includes a partnership with Intellisophic Inc. to provide vertical industry regulatory lexicons and taxonomic content. The firm recently announced a fully integrated SMB-focused archiving appliance with disk and tape capability using QStar Technologies Inc.'s hierarchical storage management and Breece Hill LLC's disk and tape storage appliance, which gives it an integrated data management solution that includes tape. In addition, the products can perform specialized database and laboratory classifications that are offered as advanced upgrade modules.

While it hasn't made the kinds of inroads with larger storage OEMs that some of the other vendors have, Abrevity's focus on partnerships for technology, as well as sales and integration, allows it to offer a strong solution for the SMB market and department/group deployments in enterprises. It has the lowest entry price point by virtue of offering its product as software in small increments with modular

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extensions, rather than as a fully integrated offering or appliance. In that respect, it may offer a good way to get your feet wet with data classification. However, its lack of larger OEM partnerships and its SMB focus may not make it the right choice for larger enterprises.

This was first published in November 2006

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