Apps to classify and find data


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Scentric Inc.
Scentric's Destiny is a relatively new offering that's primarily integrated with Microsoft's Windows OS to provide native access to CIFS file systems and Microsoft Exchange. The reporting engine has extended graphical and charting functionality, which makes for a near dashboard-like experience out of the box. Destiny runs on Windows hosts, and can be installed on existing servers in the storage environment.

Scentric has separated the classification and catalog (repository) components so they can be hosted separately. Destiny includes a fairly extensive predefined library of classification rules for storage management and compliance. The user interface for policy action based on classification rules is well thought out and is a point-and-click experience.

Scentric has integrated with several archive and content-addressed storage platforms, making copying and retaining data for specific periods a quick and seamless exercise. Packaging its functionality as a set of software components allows for greater flexibility in deployment. At this time, Scentric's product is a Microsoft-focused offering; if you have a lot of Unix-based NFS data in addition to your Microsoft CIFS data, it may not be the right vendor for your needs. Scentric has some customers evaluating its product, but hasn't sold any licenses yet; the lack of reference sites, as well as an untested support model, is something potential buyers should consider.

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This was first published in November 2006

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