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Index Engines Makes Data Domain Backups Searchable

Index Engines' appliances make backup data searchable without the
need to restore that data first. For companies undergoing the
e-discovery process, the ability to index unrestored data can save
significant time and effort. This month, the company announced it has
tested and validated the latest version of its platform, Index Engines
3.0, on EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems, enabling full
content and metadata indexing of backup data. Users can index and
search backed up data and only extract those portions relevant to the
discovery effort.

Index Engines claims a single node achieved sustained indexing rates
of over 1 Terabyte per hour on a Data Domain DD690 storage system.
"This really is focused on speed and fast processing power," says Jim
McGann, VP of information discovery at Index Engines, headquartered in
Holmdel, N.J. The company also announced it has joined the EMC Velocity
Technology and ISV Program, which had previously been a partner in
EMC's earlier ISV programs.

A global oil and gas company, which asked not to be identified, has
been using Index Engines' platform to index several terabytes of data,
particularly in the last several months. "We needed a solution that can
scale on the backend in terms of performance, "says the company's
storage systems manager. He says the company chose Index Engines
because of its high performance rate. Index Engines industry-standard
protocols such as the Network Data Management Protocol, which can be
faster than CIFS or NFS for moving data across the network. The
spokesman says that near-term, his company plans to work with Index
Engine to see if they can deliver similar scalability in extracting
data from storage systems "as that's where the bottleneck is."

Index Engines 3.0 was unveiled earlier in the year, and McGann says
the company has been rolling it out and testing it with different
platforms. In August 2009, Index Engines announced that its nodes could
perform full content and metadata indexing on BlueArc NAS devices at
sustained rates of up to 1 Terabyte per hour using only a single
indexing node. The speed was validated by BlueArc for data residing on
the BlueArc Titan platform.
Previous versions of Index Engines platform focused on the ability
to scan backup tapes and enable the rapid search and extraction of the
content without the original backup software. "In the past, storage
people and IT people didn't really care about what was contained in the
data, they just stored and backed it up and retained it," McGann says.
But constantly evolving regulations and security considerations force
companies to understand what data is stored and where. Index Engines'
technology has the ability to grab metadata from offline tapes or from
disks, organize it and turn it into a searchable repository.