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Kazeon Systems Inc.
While not the oldest of the surveyed vendors, Kazeon is the best known of the ICM tools vendors. It has established a strong OEM relationship with Network Appliance (NetApp) Inc., which is reselling Kazeon products under its brand name. Kazeon has the most units in production environments, and is aggressively working on new features and functionality. Its IS1200 platform, which runs on a modified Linux kernel on Dell servers, is available as a rack-mountable appliance that can be clustered for greater speed and capacity. Kazeon offers a broad cross-section of functionality, including predefined reports and searches, active data migration capability, Google desktop integration and support for EMC Corp. Centera retention storage.
IS1200 is a general-purpose offering designed to appeal to a broad range of requirements and vertical markets. Its integration with primary storage vendors and Google, and its partnership with NetApp, means it will most likely remain a viable choice. Even though it was the first data classification tool to market, its functionality in some key areas is just now catching up with the competition; its report generators and lexicons are far behind some other ICM tools in terms of capability and ease of use. The appliance model also means that its entry-level price is high, and some users have expressed concern about not being able to choose their own Linux versions or hardware platforms.
This was first published in November 2006