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Njini's Out of the Bottle

London-based Njini
is poised to jump into the unstructured data management field.

Njini says the startup will launch its first product in two weeks, a software suite called Njini IAM (Information Asset Management), which categorizes and tags unstructured data to allow companies to report on it and manage it as a data object. Once categorized, data can be searched and placed in the proper -- and compliant -- tier of a companys ILM setup.

“They’re trying to become the brains that plug in on top of the ILM infrastructure,” says Taneja Group analyst Brad O’Neill, who calls the product category Njini's addressing "information classification management."

Unstructured data management products are such logical complements to existing storage systems, O'Neill maintains, that Tier 1 vendors will almost certainly partner with and possibly acquire the startups who get it right.

Among the startups involved in this space are Abrevity Inc.,
Arkivio Inc.,
and StoredIQ. Kazeon Inc. also is expected to deliver a product in June. Another startup, Scentric, remains in stealth. (See Abrevity, Arkivio Lifts Lid on Automation, Deepfile Becomes StoredIQ, and Kazeon Comes Out.)

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