Cobalt Iron Patents Its Techniques for Fulfilling E-discovery Requests From Backup Storage

LAWRENCE, Kan. — July 11, 2019 — Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based data protection, today announced that it has received a patent for its techniques related to electronic discovery (e-discovery) 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 e-discovery 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 e-discovery 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 e-discovery requests in a timely, comprehensive, and cost-efficient manner. Among the largest data targets for e-discovery searches in most enterprises are backup data sets, which typically contain copies and versions of all key corporate data. Performing e-discovery 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 e-discovery requests against the challenges and costs of performing the searches.

This Cobalt Iron patent unveils novel techniques for facilitating e-discovery in backup data including:

- Extracting metadata from a backup data set for e-discovery

- Efficiently identifying a subset of data within a backup data set associated with an e-discovery request

- Performing data reduction on data targeted by an e-discovery request

- Preserving a native file format and a chain of custody for each data item in a backup data set identified by an e-discovery request

- Applying e-discovery and backup policies to data identified by an e-discovery request

- Automatically copying e-discovery data that is about to be deleted or modified within a backup data storage

"Cobalt Iron's new e-discovery techniques bring insights and efficiencies to corporate data custodians, allowing them to manage e-discovery 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 e-discovery policy for each data item identified by an e-discovery request greatly simplifies the arduous tasks associated with regulatory compliance."

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

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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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