The new hardware-software package indexes the content of EMC Data Domain backup images so that user data can be searched and extracted for business purposes.
There are a lot of specialized moving parts in data centers that
easily can be overlooked in the day-to-day IT news business.
Nonetheless, they can be huge contributors to the mission of an IT
department inside of an enterprise.
One of these unsung components is the idea of a purpose-built
data-collection engine for e-discovery and data analytics. Analytics
are becoming increasingly more interesting to IT managers as they
discover new ways to use stored, inactive business information for
For one example, Holmdel, N.J.-based Index Engines demonstrated
recently at EMC World in Las Vegas a new package of hardware and
software that specifically indexes the content of EMC Data Domain
backup images, so that user data can be searched and extracted for
business purposes. This makes it possible to report on key business
metrics such as customer profiling, buying tendencies, sales
projections and others.
Index Engines Collection Engine works with Data Domain deduplication
storage systems and uses the existing backup process to automatically
identify and extract specific files and email for regulatory,
compliance and legal applications, according to predefined policies.
Only a small subset of the data captured in the backup process is of
value for long-term access, Jim McGann, Index Engines' vice president
of Information Discovery, told eWEEK. So the data needs to be sorted
out in advance as cleanly as possible.
"To filter down the volume of data that is archived, detailed knowledge
of the backup images is required. Index Engines Collection Engine
automatically indexes backup images, identifies the useful content,
collects what is relevant and writes it back to Data Domain storage
making it available for compliance and litigation purposes," McGann
Index Engines' Collection Engine for EMC Data Domain will be available
for shipment beginning July 1, McGann said, and it will be priced on a
per-user account basis.
Index Engines provides support for accounts in Microsoft Exchange, IBM
Lotus Notes and file system data within a single platform with full
discovery and archiving capabilities. For 1,000 users, the price
is $50 per account, or $50,000 with annual maintenance of 20 percent.