Kazeon boosts data classification with e-discovery features

Kazeon updates its data classification model with e-discovery features that allow in-place legal holds and data collection from laptops and desktops. However, some analysts wonder how the data classification e-discovery features will do against products that include an archiving repository.

Kazeon Systems Inc. is updating its Information Server 1200 ECS model to allow customers to place legal holds on data in-place or by moving the data to a secure archive.

Analysts said the update adds important e-discovery features to Kazeon's product, but it could still face an uphill battle against competitors that include an archiving repository.

When organizations place legal holds on data in-place, the ECS software makes the file read-only -- whether it is in an email or file system. From there, if a more permanent legal hold is needed, Kazeon integrates with third-party archiving tools, such as NetApp's SnapLock, Symantec's Enterprise Vault, Hitachi Data System's HCAP and Data Domain's Retention Lock. In that case, its read-only change to the file's metadata can trigger policies in the third-party archives to ingest the data and remove it from its original location.

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Kazeon is also adding a laptop/desktop data collection module to ECS. The module will be licensed on a volume basis starting at $30,000 and extends the ECS legal hold, classification features and policy-based data migration to data on laptops and desktops.

Legal hold for desktops and laptops is still rare among archiving and classification platforms, although Autonomy offers it along with its own archiving repository.

Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Brian Babineau said concerns about data growth, as well as an increasing emphasis on compliance, will make this product appealing. "E-discovery knows no boundaries," he said. "Anything above 5 TB, which really isn't all that big these days, becomes expensive to deal with when it comes to e-discovery."

But Forrester analyst Jo Maitland said organizations are looking to consolidate the number of products and vendors they manage these days and may be reluctant to add a new vendor to the mix. "Litigation requests are expected to turnaround quickly," she said. "If not all functions are native to one system, or you're dealing with more than one vendor, there can be finger-pointing if something goes wrong. If that happens, it can make responding to e-discovery tough to do on time."

Still, Maitland said she was intrigued by the laptop/desktop collection module, especially because it is agentless. "You don't see too many storage or archiving vendors going down the path of collecting data from mobile devices yet," she said. "I'd like to see them extend this to more kinds of mobile devices, like smartphones."

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