SOURCE: Kazeon

January 29, 2007 09:00 ET

Kazeon Dramatically Reduces the Cost of Electronic Discovery

New Approach Enables Enterprises to Identify, Search, and Manage Electronic Information as Required by Revised Federal Rules

NEW YORK CITY, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 29, 2007 -- LEGALTECH -- Kazeon, the recognized leader in unstructured information management, today unveiled an e-discovery solution designed to help businesses automate legal discovery related processes and specifically address the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) which took effect in December 2006. Utilizing Kazeon's Information Server IS1200-ECS, organizations can now reduce the time and cost of the manually intensive process of e-discovery by as much as 90%. The IS1200-ECS is the industry's first product that can index, identify, search, and manage billions of online documents and email messages during the e-discovery process without having to copy or send data outside to a third party. Based on Kazeon's patent-pending technology, the IS1200-ECS delivers unprecedented productivity, control, and cost savings to legal and IT staff actively managing litigation and investigations within an organization.

The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which took effect December 1, 2006, present new legal risks for companies with massively growing data stores. Under FRCP Rule 26(b), parties in litigation must produce all electronically stored information that is relevant, not privileged and "reasonably accessible," which includes information that resides online on a corporation's desktops, laptops, servers, and networked storage systems. In reviewing responses to legal discovery requests, a requesting party may identify sources containing electronically stored information that the responding party is neither searching nor producing. Failure by a responding party to properly produce electronically stored information can, in certain circumstances, result in serious sanctions. Consequently, businesses must now build sufficient processes and capabilities into their IT infrastructure in order to satisfy these new legal requirements.

"The combination of enormous data growth and new electronic discovery requirements requires that organizations look for new ways to identify, search, and manage their online information," said Vivian Tero, Senior Research Analyst, IDC. "The ability to deliver content-aware search and discovery capabilities while providing operational productivity gains would resonate well with customers. Products like Kazeon's IS1200-ECS are designed to address this critical need."

The IS1200-ECS automates the e-discovery process by rapidly indexing and identifying relevant documents (Microsoft Office files, PST files, Adobe PDF files, etc.) and email messages stored on servers, storage systems, desktops and laptops. This enables legal and IT staff to quickly determine the scope, breadth and depth of an enterprise's electronically stored information that might be pursued during discovery. Powerful features are combined with an easy-to-use web-based user interface to enable legal and IT staff to tailor and meet an organization's requirements for document review workflow during litigation and investigations. These features enable the legal and IT staff to automate and take consideration of any claims and defenses, preservation demands, disclosure requirements, and discovery demands.

Legal and IT staff can now, for the first time, quickly identify potentially discoverable electronically stored information across the enterprise, accurately assess the data that has been gathered, and preserve the integrity of the collected information by automatically protecting it against destruction or alteration. The overall data set collection can also be reduced by setting aside duplicate and irrelevant documents and email messages based on file content, email thread analysis, and more.

The secure, feature rich search capabilities of the IS1200-ECS enables legal and IT staff to rapidly identify and locate relevant documents and email messages and then take action. Integrated e-discovery workflow management enables legal and IT staff to instantaneously create a "golden copy," produce a .pst or .zip file, and safely secure this documentary evidence. In addition to powerful search features, the IS1200-ECS incorporates search auditing to deliver a record of the searches themselves to the legal and IT staff while ensuring that the gathered information is saved for the required retention period. Precautionary measures such as this help demonstrate robust corporate governance for shareholders, auditors, and insurers.

"Facing the strict e-discovery requirements of the revised FRCP as well as heightened corporate governance and compliance expectations, corporations are looking for new approaches to improve productivity and cut costs while employing best practices," noted Tom Thimot, Chief Operating Officer of Kazeon. "As Kazeon continues to execute on its Search the Enterprise™ vision for automating, managing, and securing documents during the e-discovery process, Kazeon is empowering organizations faced with the costly and complex demands of litigation and investigations to google their enterprise the same way they google the internet."

About Kazeon

Kazeon is recognized as the industry leader in Unstructured Information Management. The Information Server product line provides the foundation for corporations to search, manage, and secure their digital assets. Through innovative data indexing, classification and search technology, Kazeon has helped hundreds of customers worldwide drive out excessive cost, risk, and drain on productivity associated with the rapid growth of information to tackle the challenges of Legal Discovery, Compliance, and Data Privacy. In securing partnerships with Google and Network Appliance, Kazeon has quickly gained wide market acceptance for its award-winning products, as recognized by Gartner, Storage Magazine, Network World, Datamation, and InfoStor. Leading global organizations like SAP, GE, Cisco, Bosch, ING Group, Phillips, Novartis, and INVESCO rely on Kazeon solutions.

Founded in 2003, Kazeon is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For additional information about Kazeon, please visit

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