Abrevity app looks to ease data management

Abrevity (http://www.abrevity.com/) Tuesday introduced software that identifies, classifies and manages data for information life-cycle and security purposes.

At the Storage World Conference in Boston, Abrevity rolled out Version 2.1 of its FileData Classifier software, which includes pattern recognition and metadata extraction for security-related nonpublic information.

The company says that identifying and protecting this data is increasingly important, as 102 security breaches of data were reported in 2005 that affected 56 million people. Studies show that these breaches cost organizations more than US$2 million per incident.

FileData Classifier uses a proprietary technology called Slicebase to store metadata references for files. Slicebase differs from the relational database or enterprise search capabilities that other vendors such as Scentric, StoredIQ and Kazeon use, in that it allows for on-the-fly schema changes; file version and genealogy tracking with stubbing; and distributed parallel deployment, including multithreaded scanning and indexing, according to Abrevity.

FileData Classifier runs on any Windows file server or PC. It scans the Windows Common Internet File System (the Unix/Linux Network File System is optional) and identifies file types, sizes, modify, and create dates and file creators. A scheduler lets customers set policies for deletion, migration or copying of files.

Among customers using Abrevity's FileData Classifier are Cox Communications, BD Biosciencees and Nuvera Fuel Cells. The privately funded company was founded in 2003 by CTO Joel Harrison, who was also a co-founder of Quantum.

FileData Classifier Version 2.1 starts at about US$10,000 for a 3TB version.

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