Index Engines Unveils Analytics Engine for EMC Data Domain

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-02 Print this article Print

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 proactive purposes.

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 said.

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.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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