Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Hitachi Enters Proactive E-Discovery Litigation Readiness Market

HANNOVER, Germany - (Business Wire) As organizations struggle with the search and retrieval of unmanaged data stored in siloed infrastructures, Hitachi Data Systems today introduced all new file and content services that dramatically simplify data management. The newly unveiled Hitachi Data Discovery Suite delivers powerful content index and search services across network attached storage (NAS) and content archive environments — an industry first that breaks through the traditional barriers of stovepipe storage infrastructures and mitigates the risk of unmanaged or rogue data. With today’s announcement, Hitachi delivers common search, retention, movement and protection of data — extending its proven capabilities in block storage data management to file services with in an integrated services oriented platform.

Today’s organizations are faced with severe business challenges as a result of the rapid growth of unstructured data stored across multiple storage infrastructures and data centers. According to an April 2006 IDC report1, the cost of ineffective search is estimated at $5,251 per worker per year. For 1,000 workers, the cost is estimated at $5.25 million. The risks associated with failed or prolonged searches for legal discovery or compliance can be even higher.

"Today, there is a large percentage of corporate data that is considered unmanaged or rogue posing serious security and compliance risks to businesses," said Laura DuBois, research director, Storage Software, IDC. “As companies grapple with how to manage this information and put policies around it – from archiving, to storage, to search and retrieval – IT departments are looking for the best solutions to manage their expanding information vaults. With the Hitachi Data Discovery Suite, Hitachi Data Systems offers a viable solution to companies who are trying to eliminate risk and manage rogue data before it impacts the bottom line."

“Organizations are spending millions per year in e-discovery and these costs are compounded by the escalating expenses associated with storage sprawl in environments with large amounts of file based or unstructured data,” said John Mansfield, senior vice president, Global Solutions, Strategy and Development, Hitachi Data Systems. “Previous generation file storage products were not designed to be efficient in terms of storage utilization and data management. We are taking our proven experience in storing and managing block storage environments and extending that strength to file services — reducing the risk of rogue data, while improving operating efficiencies.”

“Hitachi has clearly done its homework with Hitachi Data Discovery Suite,” said John Webster, Principal IT Advisor, Illuminata, Inc. “Storage administrators should find in the Hitachi Data Discovery Suite an environment in which to engage their internal records managers, auditors, and attorneys in an ongoing discussion on policy implementation and lifecycle management.”

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