CommVault Simplifies Enterprise e-Discovery and Litigation Readiness

Enables customers to effectively respond to recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Oceanport, N.J., December 4, 2006 -- CommVault® today announced support for “legal hold,” the ability to lock down electronically stored information, as well as other capabilities that address the recently enacted amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP).

According to Gartner, “Several legal commentators believe that the heart of the proposed changes to FRCP is the formal codification of “electronically stored information” (ESI) and the recognition that the traditional discovery framework dealing with paper-based documents is no longer adequate.” (See note 1, below)

Unified data management enables support for legal hold on wide range of compliance media.

CommVault’s unified approach to data management enables legal and IT groups to focus management and discovery efforts on a single data repository, eliminating the need to search and preserve information in both backup and archiving applications. This capability provides IT and legal groups with the tools to initiate an effective legal hold in response to anticipated litigation. CommVault supports legal hold on a wide range of compliance media including NetApp SnapLock, HDS DRI and HCAP, Archivas, EMC Centera, Pillar Data, and Permabit, as well as a host of WORM media -- tape, UDO Magneto/Optical, and PPD.

The CommVault QiNetix™ 6.1 Unified Data Management suite enables users to archive, backup, and replicate corporate data within a common infrastructure, creating a single repository for the majority of an organization’s discoverable data such as e-mail, files, backups, archives, SharePoint documents, and databases.

QiNetix software benefits customers with support for FRCP amendments, including:

  • Legal Hold Support: Galaxy™ Backup and Recovery enables customers to respond to anticipated legal action by collecting and content-indexing relevant data in a user’s mailbox or files and placing it on legal hold.

  • Data Archiving: CommVault’s data archiving solution includes DataArchiver™ for real-time collection of data from the Exchange Journal, and DataMigrator™ for the scheduled collection of both e-mail and files based on variety of metadata parameters. These capabilities, combined with content indexing, give organizations more options to organize and retain business records.

  • Media Management: CommVault’s native media management provides a robust mechanism to logically manage a corporation’s data. CommVault VaultTracker monitors the location of removable media, manages library slots for easy media access, prompts for media rotation to ensure compliance with policies, manages foreign tapes, and automates the rotation of media back on-site for reuse and retirement.

  • Audit-ready Reporting: CommVault also provides audit-ready reporting of both success and failure to enable legal and IT teams to answer questions during pre-trial conferences.

"Legal discovery of electronic information has emerged as a key requirement for today's enterprise, and the new federal rules both strengthen and expand those requirements," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of products and alliances at Network Appliance. "CommVault's ability to place relevant information on legal hold in conjunction with NetApp SnapLock on any NetApp storage system provides an unmatched level of data protection and flexibility to suit new e-discovery initiatives."

“CommVault’s unified approach to data management differentiates its e-discovery options by providing users with consistent search and discovery capability across both backup and archive copies of data,” said David West, vice president of marketing and business development, CommVault. “Through our certification programs and partnerships with leading OEMs, enterprises can respond quickly and effectively to recently-announced FRCP amendments, preparing their IT operations to properly support discovery and legal hold requests.”

More information about CommVault’s FRCP support capabilities is available at

About CommVault

CommVault provides Unified Data Management solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability, and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. The CommVault® QiNetix™ platform, based on CommVault's Common Technology Engine, integrates Galaxy backup and recovery, snapshot management and recovery, remote replication, active data migration and archiving, e-mail compliance, enterprise service-level management, and reporting- and storage-resource-management software solutions. The QiNetix unified approach is designed to allow customers to add/integrate QiNetix components, at a fraction of the time, effort and money required by separate point products.

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