Apps to classify and find data


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StoredIQ Inc.
StoredIQ is the veteran player of this group. Originally known as Deepfile, it began as an SRM offering for unstructured data in 2001. It's since been transformed into a full-featured ICM product. Originally targeting the healthcare compliance space, it has an extensive offering of predefined classification rules for verticals like healthcare and financial services, as well as more generic functions like human resources and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

StoredIQ's ICM 5000 product ships as an appliance in a rack-mounted configuration on blades with integrated storage. It runs on Fedora Linux with a PostgreSQL database for the repository. It has a strong partner relationship with EMC and is fully integrated into the Centera platform. This gives it well-integrated data-retention policy management with advanced features like single-instance storage. It has recently added support for NetApp data movement, which offers even greater flexibility. Of all the vendors mentioned here, its canned libraries are the most extensive, including complex linguistics to avoid false positives and find data in context.

While not marketed as vigorously as some of its competitors, StoredIQ offers a mature and ready-to-use product for a variety of data management tasks. Its platform is delivered as a fully integrated appliance with disks. This constrains the amount of data the appliance can handle and doesn't allow you to store meta data on a secure file-system

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target. Currently, its product doesn't allow multiple devices to be managed from a common interface, although that capability is on its roadmap. Its integrated model, while high on ease of use and functionality, doesn't allow the flexibility of a software solution and keeps entry-level costs somewhat higher.

This was first published in November 2006

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