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Hubstor Microsoft public cloud archive goes cool, deep

Hubstor is fine-tuning the Microsoft Azure-based cloud archive platform it launched in July. The Ontario, Canada, startup introduced CoolSearch, which it bills as searchable Microsoft public cloud-integrated deep storage for enterprises that must retain inactive data indefinitely.

Hubstor’s standard self-service active archive lets users access and share archived data stored in Microsoft public cloud storage. Hubstor’s role-based access controls are integrated with Microsoft Active Directory for user authentication.

Rather than knowledge workers generally, CoolSearch is aimed at privileged user groups that control access permissions. The idea is to enable corporate legal or security teams to quickly spin up high-volume, low-cost searches of unstructured data related to compliance, defensible data deletion or e-discovery.

The CoolSearch data-aware archive is an isolated tenant that resides in Hubstor’s Azure cloud or in a customer’s Microsoft public cloud account.  CEO Geoff Bourgeois touts CoolSearch as an alternative to legacy approaches to searching discoverable storage.

“We’re responding to demand from organizations that don’t care about end user access. They just need searchable, fully managed cool storage for investigations, compliance, and litigation activity,” Bourgeois said.

After a query is run, CoolSearch deploys the results in Microsoft Blob Storage, which is Microsoft’s public cloud storage for infrequently accessed data.  Hubstor scales down a CoolSearch search cluster once indexing is finished. As with its dedicated cloud archive service, Hubstor CoolSearch is available as a monthly subscription, with pricing based on consumption of Microsoft public cloud resources.

Hubstor provided a pricing chart based on a 100 TB CoolSearch cluster with triple redundancy, 25 TB of content indexing and 3% egress. Depending on the search cluster and its activity level, the vendor claims searched indexing costs range from 5 cents and 9 cents per GB. The Microsoft public cloud CoolSearch tenant can be switched to an inactive state to reduce costs when it’s not in use.

The CoolSearch managed service includes automatic data mapping to orphan users. PST splitting and optional deep processing aids discovery of stored Microsoft Outlook PST files. Policy-based index scoping controls which data gets ingested in a full context indexed search.

CoolSearch discovery searches accept keywords, wildcards, proximity, Boolean, boosting, grouping, fuzziness, and regular expressions.  Searches restriction include location, tags, active or orphan users, groups or data owners. Options include full-content search or configured metadata fields.  Full-text searches use hit highlighting, paging, sorting and relevancy to rank results. CoolSearch also allows customized metadata searches.