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Druva and Exterro Partner to Improve E-Discovery While Reducing Costs and Risk



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Druva, a provider of cloud data protection and information management, and Exterro Inc., a provider of  software for in-house legal and IT teams, have announced a new integration designed to simplify and reduce the cost of e-discovery processes.

The new solution is aimed at enabling legal teams to more easily administer and manage legal holds directly from Exterro's Platform while leveraging Druva inSync's legal hold APIs to collect, preserve, and ingest dispersed enterprise data from endpoints and cloud applications into its platform.

According to the vendors, this direct ingestion of data allows legal teams to focus on the review, analysis and production of data that is relevant to the matter. The cloud-to-cloud solution will permit legal teams to utilize a single platform for e-discovery and also ensure that no data on legal hold travels over unprotected networks, safeguarding the chain of custody and reducing the risk of data spoliation.

The new solution addresses the issues of increasing data volumes, cloud services options, and mobile devices, which are adding to the complexity of e-discovery, according to said Dave Packer, vice president of corporate and product marketing, Druva.   

With the majority of Fortune 1000 corporations now spending between $5 million and $10 million annually on e-discovery, the ability to ensure that data is properly preserved and collected is not only one of the most critical parts of the process, it can also be time-intensive and costly. Once data is placed on legal hold and preserved, it must be imported into an e-discovery system for analysis and review, which often requires the shipment of disks and tapes. Without an integrated platform and orchestrated tasks and activities to manage this process, the companies say, there are deep concerns of potential data spoliation risks, which could result in compromising a legal matter due to the use of varying media types and the multiple handoffs of data.

To simplify the process, Druva inSync stores end-user data from across the enterprise, ensuring it's accessible in case of a legal hold request. Combined with Exterro's e-discovery platform, once inSync receives a legal hold request, ingestion can be started within minutes. The automation of the legal hold process through the Exterro console connects into inSync and orchestrates the process. Data transfer happens in the cloud, system to system, thus eliminating risky manual transfers and reducing analysis and review time. 

By removing traditional complexities associated with data transfer, Exterro facilitates easy access to relevant legal evidence, enabling businesses to quickly and cost-efficiently get to the facts of the case, notes Bill Piwonka, CMO, Exterro.

Cloud-based e-discovery is available today from Druva and Exterro. Integration with Exterro will be included as part of the Druva inSync Elite subscription at no additional charge and the joint solution will be generally available in Q4 2016. For more information, go to www.druva.com and www.exterro.com.

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