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Autonomy Unveils New Collection-to-the-Cloud Solution for eDiscovery and Compliance

CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autonomy Corporation plc , a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise, today announced the availability of a next-generation collection solution for eDiscovery and compliance. The solution uses a scalable, distributed model to automatically search, identify, preserve and collect relevant electronically-stored information (ESI) to the cloud from laptops, desktops and more than 400 enterprise repositories, including file and email servers, archives, and Microsoft SharePoint. Collected ESI is then stored in Autonomy's secure, cloud-based archive, enabling organizations to perform defensible and systemized preservation and collection in the shortest amount of time to meet the preservation obligation. This new solution, which is a key part of Autonomy's industry-leading Legal Hold solution suite, enables global organizations to comply with data privacy laws around the world by ensuring that personal data that does not pertain to the legal case will not be collected.

Preservation and collection of relevant data is a critical step in the legal hold process, when an organization faces pending litigation or investigation. The new Autonomy collection solution enables global organizations to dramatically reduce both the risks and costs associated with the identification, collection and preservation of ESI, while ensuring compliance with government regulations, such as the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and the COBS 11.8 in the U.K.

Legacy technologies for preservation and collection of ESI require inefficient manual processes that involve significant personnel and IT investments. These technologies can neither scale nor meet the needs of counsel to quickly preserve, analyze and understand data within the timelines set under the FRCP and other regulations. The challenge of legal hold, preservation and collection is further compounded by a global, distributed workforce, because legacy solutions cannot effectively identify and collect data without a continuous, high-bandwidth connection.

In contrast, the new Autonomy collection solution is the first in the industry that allows organizations to intelligently analyze and pre-cull data in-place with advanced conceptual search capability and then collect the relevant data directly to the cloud. It securely identifies data sources, distributes client software, and preserves and collects a forensically sound copy of relevant information directly to Autonomy's secure cloud-based archive, the Digital Safe. With Safe Harbor certification and data centers in both the United States and United Kingdom, Autonomy offers unmatched flexibility in the cloud.

"The increasing government regulations for eDiscovery remain a significant driver in all sectors. We have seen more than 40 new regulations that have come into effect in the last 12 months, such as the COBS 11.8 in the U.K," said Mike Lynch, CEO of Autonomy. "Regulators' hard-hitting new rules and hefty sanctions against organizations who do not comply with eDiscovery regulations have fueled demand for legally defensible search, collection, and archiving solutions. With this new announcement, Autonomy is offering the world's first Collection to the Cloud solution that enables organizations to preserve, search and collect all of the relevant ESI in the cloud, saving significant costs and time."

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