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February 01, 2011 14:11 ET

eDirect Impact Simplifies Storage Management and Achieves Cost-Effective Growth With RELDATA's Unified Storage System

Leading Provider of Litigation Data Hosting and Support Services to Law Firms Unifies All Third Party Storage Under the RELDATA Umbrella, Reduces Infrastructure Costs, and Boosts Competitive Edge

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - RELDATA Inc. (www.RELDATA.com), the innovation leader in unified block and file storage solutions over iSCSI, announced today that eDirect Impact (eDI), a leading provider of litigation data hosting and support services, is using RELDATA's Unified Storage System (http://bit.ly/fFYwKG) to cost-effectively scale its rapidly growing, multi-vendor storage infrastructure. RELDATA's solution helps eDI to remain competitive by meeting its legal customers' needs and service level agreements without passing on higher costs to them.

Since the onset of e-discovery in the mid-1990s, law firms have hosted an increasing amount of client data, burdening them with the complexities of data management. eDI's SaaS offering (Software as a Service) is an innovative service that allows law firms and corporate legal departments to leverage a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure thereby reducing the costs and capital investments associated with storing litigation related data. As a result, its customers benefit from enhanced data security, advanced technology, customized workflow, additional support, and significant cost savings.

The company stores its customers' files and email archives, which are often many terabytes in size, and indexes them by content so they can be searched to unearth relevant data. This process can increase the initial storage volume by a factor of nine. As a result, the company, which currently hosts over 350 terabytes of data for law firms and corporations nationwide, is experiencing a 35 percent annual increase in its storage requirements.

"We needed a solution that would satisfy our growing storage requirements while still enabling us to utilize our existing multi-vendor storage environment," said Brian Maurer, CIO of eDirect Impact. "Cost was also a compelling factor, and one important reason for choosing RELDATA was its unique Save as You Grow pricing model; its software is licensed at the system level, by feature, not by capacity, and there are no minimum or fixed bundles. When you calculate the cost savings based on this pricing, they're incredible." 

RELDATA's open architecture was another important factor in eDI's decision. "Typically, committing to a particular storage solution restricts your future options," said Maurer. "Choosing RELDATA has had the opposite result, adding new flexibility. It gives us the freedom to choose a mixture of arrays to suit our exact needs while fully leveraging our existing storage investments."

With RELDATA's IP-based management infrastructure meeting all its storage needs, eDI has no need for a separate storage network, and the entire backup for both NAS and SAN is covered in a single process. In addition, storage management for both their block and file applications is managed from a single interface, which greatly reduces management time and complexity. As a result, the company can manage a tremendous amount of data with minimal IT staff. The ability to unify all third-party vendors under the RELDATA umbrella, and the resulting infrastructure and cost reductions, gives eDI a substantial competitive edge.

"eDirect Impact is an industry innovator and leader that analyzes massive quantities of data. They efficiently deal with the associated management challenges, infrastructure requirements, explosive data growth, scalability and cost," said Victor Walker, CEO, RELDATA. "It is an honor to partner with eDirect in providing a cost-effective way to address all of these challenges. As eDI's storage requirements expand we will aggressively support their growth, leadership and success.

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About RELDATA
RELDATA is the innovation leader in unified block and file storage solutions over iSCSI which cost-effectively enable mid-size and distributed enterprises to nondisruptively consolidate, virtualize and protect business data across multi-vendor platforms, providing highly scalable, cost-effective integrated storage, disaster recovery and high availability solutions. The RELDATA Unified Storage Engine (USE™) platform allows companies to integrate their existing storage infrastructure to minimize the functional compromise of siloed block and file solutions while reducing administration costs and data protection compliance risk, and preserve current storage investments at lower total costs. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, RELDATA solutions are available through a global network of value added resellers. For more information, visit www.RELDATA.com.

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