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Cobalt Iron Patents Its Techniques for Fulfilling eDiscovery Backup Requests from Backup Storage

Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based data protection, today [July 11, 2019] announced that it has received a patent for its techniques related to electronic discovery (eDiscovery) when searching for data in backup storage. Further proof of Cobalt Iron’s advanced enterprise-data discipline capabilities, this patent represents the company’s unique approach to managing backup data sets to facilitate eDiscovery requests. As a result, CIOs, data custodians, compliance officers, systems administrators, backup administrators, and other IT professionals who use Cobalt Iron’s Adaptive Data Protection platform can fulfill eDiscovery requests more quickly and cost-effectively, with verifiable data discipline.

In today’s business and regulatory climate, it is essential for enterprises to be able to respond to eDiscovery requests in a timely, comprehensive, and cost-efficient manner. Among the largest data targets for eDiscovery searches in most enterprises are backup data sets, which typically contain copies and versions of all key corporate data. Performing eDiscovery data searches on these enterprise backup data sets can be complex, time-consuming, and very costly. Enterprise data custodians struggle with balancing the demands of legal eDiscovery requests against the challenges and costs of performing the searches.

This Cobalt Iron patent unveils novel techniques for facilitating eDiscovery in backup data including:

  • Extracting metadata from a backup data set for eDiscovery
  • Efficiently identifying a subset of data within a backup data set associated with an eDiscovery request
  • Performing data reduction on data targeted by an eDiscovery request
  • Preserving a native file format and a chain of custody for each data item in a backup data set identified by an eDiscovery request
  • Applying eDiscovery and backup policies to data identified by an eDiscovery request
  • Automatically copying eDiscovery data that is about to be deleted or modified within a backup data storage

“Cobalt Iron’s new eDiscovery techniques bring insights and efficiencies to corporate data custodians, allowing them to manage eDiscovery requests more effectively and introduce new levels of data discipline,” said Richard Spurlock, CEO and founder of Cobalt Iron. “Preserving native file formats, maintaining a chain of custody, and applying eDiscovery policy for each data item identified by an eDiscovery request greatly simplifies the arduous tasks associated with regulatory compliance.”

The patent, issued on July 2, 2019, is known as U.S. Patent 10339099.

About Cobalt Iron

Cobalt Iron is the global leader in SaaS-based enterprise data protection. The company was founded in 2013 to fundamentally change the way the world thinks about data protection. Through analytics and automation, Cobalt Iron enables enterprises to transform and optimize legacy backup solutions into a simple cloud-based architecture. By leveraging the cloud, Cobalt Iron reduces overall capex by more than 50 percent while eliminating backup failures and inefficiencies. Processing more than 7 million jobs a month for customers in 44 countries, Cobalt Iron delivers modern enterprise data protection for enterprise customers.

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