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On the Path of E-Discovery

Legal action calls for lots of data delivered quickly. So when storage vendors want a piece of it, they need to deliver capacity and speed.

"All of our deals are time sensitive," says Kevin Jacobs, technology VP at Document Technologies Inc. (DTI), a document management service provider. "I'll get a call from a client: 'We just got out of court, we need this stuff in this city by 3 p.m. tomorrow' Or, 'We got subpoenaed, we need this stuff tomorrow, our attorneys are billing us until then.' We're always under time constraints."

In recent months, a spate of services, products, and partnerships have grown up aimed at electronic discovery -- more familiarly known as e-discovery. The point is to reduce the time it takes lawyers to comb through documents related to compliance, litigation, or other legal matters.

EMC has bundled hardware, software, and services into a package designed to help companies manage electronic record discovery. Storage vendor Xiotech bought document management firm Daticon out of bankruptcy. Practically every hardware and software archiving vendor has targeted firms that need to do e-discovery. (See AXS-One, OnSite Team, Zantaz Offers On Demand, Symantec Gathers Partners, CA Collaborates Email, Oracle, and Symantec Gathers Partners.)

Some storage companies that don’t have their own e-discovery practices cash in by selling storage to companies such as DTI that do e-discovery. DTI uses proprietary software to process records for its e-discovery clients. But it needs a powerful storage system to make its practice fly.

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