Recovery Software Digs Deep for Data
ActiveVault Enterprise will let users quickly sort tape archives for e-mail, attachments and user files.Innovation on the recovery side of the backup/recovery industry has been red-hot recently, but RenewData Corp.s upcoming software spotlights extreme cases of getting back the oldest and most relevant information. ActiveVault Enterprise, debuting from the drive recovery service and electronic evidence company this summer, will let users quickly sort tape archives for e-mail, attachments and user files. For speeds sake, it will recover just one copy of each datum, with metadata about the context, CEO and President Bob Gomes said. "There isnt a company that knows, when theyre sued, if there isnt a smoking gun sitting in the backup tapes," Gomes said. "We developed this technology that allows us to put a tape into a drive and pull data right off," he said. Renew has used that tool in-house for years; whats new is selling it directly as software to enterprises, he said.
The 30-person, Austin, Texas, companys software runs on Windows 2000 and Red Hat Linux, and will cost about $300,000 to $800,000 on a per-terabyte basis, Gomes said. But, "theyre nominal compared to the damage that can be done if youre not able to comply," noted Charles Burton, vice president at Minton, Burton, Foster & Collins, p.c., also in Austin. The law firm has used ActiveVault in its services incarnation.
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