dataglobal Finalizes inboxx Acquisition With Strategic Launch of Unified Storage and Information Management Vision

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Integrates inboxx Unified Archiving Product Capabilities To Link Storage Resource Management and Information Lifecycle Management Into One Technology Platform

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With the acquisition of inboxx, dataglobal now has the most highly integrated information management and archival platform for the data center in the market.

dataglobal, a leading Storage Resource Management technology innovator, today launched its Unified Storage and Information Management vision resulting from the final integration of the recently acquired inboxx Unified Archiving product line. As a result of the acquisition, the Enterprise Resource Management platform has been newly renamed the dg suite and is a single software platform that integrates all the tools needed to manage the data and storage assets within an enterprise from a central console. dataglobal acquired inboxx, a leading archiving and long term storage vendor in the European market, in May 2010 after a three year OEM relationship. The company has completed the technology integration to create a powerful technology base that links Storage Resource Management (SRM) and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM), offering the industry’s first Unified Storage and Information Management (USIM) platform.

"With the acquisition of inboxx, dataglobal now has the most highly integrated information management and archival platform for the data center in the market," said Michael Peterson, CEO of Strategic Research Corporation. "Customers looking to solve, instrument, and automate challenges such as retention management, email or database archives, Sharepoint data management, compliance, litigation support, or long-term retention in a secure, transparent, and compatible software platform absolutely need to look at dataglobal's solution. The direct economic savings and improvements in risk management that this platform brings to the data center are amazing. "

The inboxx Unified Archive solution offers best-in-class e-mail and content archiving technology that enables companies to store, manage, and discover unstructured information across the enterprise to meet growing litigation, compliance, and policy-based corporate governance needs. With the addition of the inboxx technology to DataGlobal’s SRM suite, dataglobal’s resulting comprehensive and cohesive technology platform streamlines the aggregation and management of enterprise-wide data, delivering unprecedented storage and information management functionality and efficiency in today’s market.

The inboxx revolutionary Unified Archiving approach supports archiving of Exchange, Lotus Domino, Novell GroupWise, SMTP, SAP R/3 or Microsoft Dynamics ERP system data, File and SharePoint files as well as instant messaging communications and call center phone call recordings combined with sophisticated, policy-based content classification and automated legal hold. With unstructured information consuming a large percentage of corporate storage, inboxx archives information from messaging, file servers and collaborative systems using a common technology engine that pools the archive into a single repository with only one copy of a file, an e-mail or a document. Unlike other solutions which provide fragmented solutions that make it difficult for users to store, search or retrieve relevant information, inboxx provides a centralized robust framework that is significantly easier to manage and deploy, delivering huge synergies and cost savings to customers by removing the need for cost-intensive archiving silos. Its powerful storage optimization, classification and retention technologies automatically capture, categorize, index and enforce retention policies and secure unstructured information while reducing storage costs and simplifying management.

Insufficient unstructured data management can cause a multitude of issues within an enterprise, all because the company doesn’t know what kind of data they have, where it is, and how to get to it when they need it. And unfortunately, many organizations try to solve each problem in isolation, throwing different software solutions at each one that don’t talk to each other, sometimes making the overall problems worse than what they were initially. In fact, industry analysts say that within the next two years companies will spend over $35 billion trying to control these problems with Forrester Research subscribing a $4.9B price tag on eDiscovery, IDC subscribing a $9.3B cost to compliance, Radicati subscribing $6.6B to storage and archiving and IDC forecasting a $14.4B cost for knowledge and content management,

However, the dg USIM system platform solves the unstructured data management issue with its ability to scan, classify, sort, migrate and archive multiple terabytes of data daily. The system’s core consists of a powerful Analyze Engine which uses pure mathematical power to scan over ½ billion files an hour, a degree of speed and accuracy that is unprecedented in the industry. The Engine powers the Classification, File, Archive, Chargeback and Storage Control modules to offer all the tools needed to manage all of the unstructured data and storage resources within an enterprise of any size to solve the eDiscovery, compliance, storage reclamation and knowledge reuse needs of today’s large organizations.

A heterogenous solution, USIM works across multiple file server environments and storage platforms including SAN, iSCSI and NAS storage boxes to consolidate all storage resource and data center management needs from a central, highly automated console. With USIM, administrators are able to not only quickly Analyze and Assess the unstructured data assets and storage resources within the enterprise, but can also trigger and perform the Actions needed on these assets to provide a completely automated management solution that can improve revenue, profitability and competitive advantage while reducing corporate risks and costs simultaneously.

“There is a rising need in today’s industry for a software platform that is capable of performing data management that meets eDiscovery, compliance and knowledge reuse business needs. At the same time, there is a strong call for a solution that can manage the physical storage within the enterprise in order to reduce the quickly escalating hardware costs and footprint requirements,” said Wolfgang Munz, dataglobal CEO. “USIM offers a single, unified platform that is capable of performing both information and storage management, delivering previously unheard of cost and labor savings resulting from centralizing the management tasks to produce the highest level of efficiency and resource usage within the environment.”

The dataglobal USIM dg suite scales to the challenges of today’s data stores providing the three main abilities needed to automate information and storage management on a large enterprise. These actions include:

A. Analyze – A USIM system must be capable of quickly examining the enterprise’s unstructured data assets and cataloging what has been found and where. This needs to accommodate the massive scale required to present a single view of all information assets, wherever they reside, without introducing onerous storage requirements or creating a huge drain on the network infrastructure. In addition, once this scan is performed, the list of the information assets itself shouldn’t create an additional storage burden on the network.

B. Assess – A USIM system should then be able to use the results of the analysis to create structured, ordered groupings of related information while offering higher level assessment functions to automatically provide a summary view of the organization’s data. A true USIM system can recognize exact and near duplicates with single instancing and identify pattern expressions (e.g., social security, credit card, and phone numbers) in any document stored anywhere in the enterprise. Pattern identification also enables a USIM solution to search and find documents in any language, regardless of alphabet used, and can even identify file names that have been misspelled.

C. Action – Finding out all this information about the enterprise is a nice to have, but in order to make this whole process efficient and a worthwhile exercise, a true USIM system must be able to act on the information discovered to really MANAGE the data within the organization to achieve the desired results. Without the ability to take action, the data discovery process just produces extra data that requires manual manipulation which in large enterprises, is not a viable answer to the challenges presented by storage tiering, data risk management, eDiscovery, and knowledge reuse.

dataglobal’s USIM dg suite manages the massive stores of unstructured data that exist in the enterprise while providing a comprehensive storage management solution. In addition to its scalability and comprehensive set of analysis tools, the ability to perform the actions needed to manage an enterprise’s unstructured data distinguishes dataglobal dg suite as the first USIM platform in the industry.

In addition, dataglobal dg suite also enables Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring to make sure that IT services are aligning with the needs of the business. dataglobal dg suite also offers the solid security protection necessary to ensure business-critical data is protected from unauthorized eyes as it flows into
and through the system by employing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) security. dataglobal dg suite also works with cloud storage and virtualization technologies within the enterprise and provides storage capacity and chargeback abilities to deliver the final pieces to the platform to enable a complete solution. The result is the first storage platform capable of delivering real-time data intelligence on a daily basis, enabling vital resource allocation and capacity management decisions in today’s data centers.

The installation of the dataglobal dg suite can be completed in half of a day to minimize operational interruptions, a critical point to meet the high availability needs of corporate data centers. Finally, no server reboots are needed during installation, ensuring a completely non-disruptive set up process. dg suite ’ powerful capacity management tools enable data center managers to measure current loads, test for anticipated loads, and gather usage trends over time. At the same time, its decision report tools enable the organization to understand total costs across the data center by tracking resource usage to specific applications and user groups. Usage based reporting enables the chargeback of IT assets. As a result, today’s storage administrators can utilize the dg suite tiered storage policies, its data reduction capabilities and reporting capabilities to effectively manage capacity growth.

About dataglobal
dataglobal (dg) is a global leader in data analysis, classification, management and archival technology which provides high-performance analysis and management of information resources across heterogeneous enterprises of all sizes. Having previously defined the revolutionary Unified Archiving approach which transformed the archiving industry, dg’s product modules form a new generation Unified Storage and Information Management (USIM) platform which is uniquely capable of analyzing, assessing and triggering data management actions that govern all unstructured information and storage assets. dataglobal’s groundbreaking file classification technology is a critical USIM enabling technology that can quickly scan and categorize information resources to meet eDiscovery, compliance, knowledge reuse and storage optimization business needs to improve revenue, profitability and competitive advantage while reducing corporate risks and costs simultaneously.

More than 1,800 successful installations in over 40 countries worldwide are a testament to the performance of dataglobal’s products. Customers include 3M, AUDI, E.ON, Group Deutsche Börse, Knorr-Bremse, Mars and Voestalpine. dataglobal also boasts an impressive list of technology partners that include Microsoft, EMC, HP, Hitachi, IBM, LSI, NetApp, Permabit and Oracle (Sun Microsystems.) dataglobal is headquartered in Germany with regional offices on the west coast of the United States and in Romania. For more information, please visit us at http://www.dataglobal.com.

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