Sunday, January 15, 2012

Open Source E-Discovery Finds Scalability

In his front-page article in LTN, Evan Koblentz writes

"Open-source electronic discovery products, which appeared on the market in 2011, are quickly expanding in the new year. There is an evolving system for email archiving and searching, along with a cloud-based processing engine, both of which are on the cusp of large scalability, allowing them to handle growing workloads."

The three products discussed are

  • Enkive from LinuxBox, for email storage, compliance, and eDiscovery;
  • MailArchiva from Stimulus Software; and
  • FreeEed from SHMsoft
Here is what Evan writes about FreeEed

On the processing side, SHMsoft's FreeEed project is now in its third generation. Previous versions could be clustered -- the concept of sharing large projects across many servers, resulting in faster jobs and better reliability -- by using the Hadoop system when hosted locally. But now there is a version called EC2Eed running atop the Amazon EC2 cloud, which will get clustering in two months, project leader Mark Kerzner said.
SHMsoft has also hired its first business development manager to help the project grow beyond word-of-mouth, Kerzner said.
The articles concludes with a prediction:
"Someone's got to take the plunge," David Horrigan, a 451 Group analyst, added, in Boston. "Invariably, as always, someone will. Because it's a huge potential market."

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