Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cloud In A Credenza, How GreenTec Processing and Storage Platforms Apply Moore’s Law In Real Time

Author and DiscoveryLogix 
Co-Founder Richard E. Davis

"The combination of small form factor and unprecedented computing power make the GreenTec platform the ideal information governance and e-Discovery platform for us." -  R. E. Davis

Cloud in a Credenza?

When I wanted to find a caption for this blog entry, it really was not that hard.  All I had to do was think back on my observations during a recent trip to Washington D.C. when I visited a low key, secure GreenTec computer hardware lab run by a the dynamic duo of Richard Detore and Steve Petruzzo. Richard and Steve are the founders and principals of GreenTec, a company that manufactures highly sophisticated, super dense computing platforms.  While well known to many “agencies”, the GreenTec team is not exactly a household name in the traditional commercial computing sector.  A mutual friend, who was aware of my keen interest in sophisticated hardware platforms and software applications germane to the e-Discovery space, thought that the technological wizardry practiced in the GreenTec labs would give me pause, and did it ever.  

My colleagues and I were so impressed by what we saw, that within short order we settled on the GreenTec as the hardware solution for the DiscoveryLogix MIDCAP (Multi-initiative Data Capture and Analysis Platform) solution.  MIDCAP is a non-governmental tactical data management solution that:
  • Enables the secure, forensically sound, capture, and aggregation of hundreds of terabytes of digital data or digitized hard-copy data.
  • Allows us to use sophisticated “pure math” based machine learning and predictive analytics on vast amounts of data in a portable, closed, compartmentalized, and impenetrable environment.

Richard Detore, Steve Petruzzo and
Richard Davis

"GreenTec platforms are empirical verification that Moore’s 1st and 2nd laws of computing are in full force and effect."

The MIDCAP approach overcomes the logistical barriers associated with the physical aggregation, processing, analysis, porting and accessing of vast amounts of data by leveraging GreenTec’s “hot” portable data centers framework.  Without getting into detail, a small MIDCAP cluster (one Green-MAPP / one Ninja) implementation of the MIDCAP platform works like this:

  • The Green-MAPP application server provides massive computing power in a ridiculously small form factor - ~5k gigaflops of processing power connected to 150 TB of internal hybrid 15k and SSD local disk storage by 106gb Ethernet and 2k gb iBand.
  • The Green-MAPP talks to the one petabyte GreenTec “Ninja” data storage NAS /SAN, which is a credenza sized storage device, through GIGE, 10GIGE and / or 40 GIG iBand pipe.
  • The propeller head in all of us says, “sweet”.

GreenTec Tactical "Cloud in 
Credenza" Small Form Factor

However, what does all this salacious tech talk mean to information governance stakeholders?  Please indulge me for a moment by extrapolating on the following use-cases: 

Litigation Use Case

In the following hypothet, a U.S. based entity pursuant to subpoena must collect data from foreign based affiliate entities subject to a host of complex data privacy regulations. 

  • D-Logix rolls (literally) the MIDCAP cluster with the appropriate customs paperwork and peripherals onto an aircraft. 
  • At the destination, we transport the portable data center / cloud environment to a pre-selected secure location meeting all environmental requirements. 
  • Collection of client on-line / off-line, email, unstructured and SharePoint data is conducted using judicially accepted, forensic methods (i.e. EMC SourceOne, Akaibu Migration + Archive Extraction, Access Data, etc.). 
  • We process, identify, de-duplicate, and extract responsive data from hundreds of terabytes at effective burdened cost of less than $7.50 / GB (less portable cloud leasing, shipping, handling, professional services and attorney expert time). 
  • In the same MIDCAP portable cloud infrastructure, we enable any review tool (ViewPoint, Relativity, Introspect, Driven ONE, etc.) for 100 attorneys to conduct document review from anywhere in the world. 

RIM Use Cases

  • Simply take the above use case and substitute responsive document exemplars with those reflecting organizations records categories and series, and create metadata fields as triggers for your retention schedules. 
  • Is your regulated entity’s IT Department migrating data from one compliance mandated archive to another and you want to enhance the classification metadata (search criteria) that you can use to identify email and documents with greater precision and recall?  Our solutions can help you more effectively and defensibly classify data of business value while giving you the ability to identify things that you don’t need to keep.  Give us a call to chat about Archive Migration +.  

Information Security Classification Framework Implementation Use Case

Simply take the above use case, make the responsive document exemplars correspond to your security level designations by custodian, department, content signatures and develop rules (implementable by a host of 3rd party solutions) to sequester documents based on protocols.  

Other Use Information Governance Cases

We make the seemingly difficult challenges very feasible and reasonable.  Whatever your use case, our information governance consulting team can address your requirements with a higher degree of holistic institutional benefit than you ever thought possible. 

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