Deepfile completed its transformation last week from a maker of file management appliances to a company called StoredIQ that identifies, manages and audits the unstructured data on the network for compliance and security purposes.
The 4-year-old company has spent the past year reworking its appliance, now called StoredIQ 3.0. Earlier versions could be used to discover and cull redundant files on the network, but the new edition also can be used to mine those files and e-mails for sensitive content and secure them.
As for the name change: "Deepfile connoted files, but the intelligence in those files didn't come through clearly" with that name, says CEO and President Robert Fernander.
StoredIQ 3.0 is available in two versions: a general compliance edition and a version tailored to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The HIPAA Solutions Pack contains a lexicon that lets the appliance automatically detect sensitive Protected Health Information (PHI) about individuals, and lets IT administrators define and execute automated policies to bring those files under HIPAA compliance control.
Once files containing PHI are found, they can be analyzed by location, owner, age, size, type and other characteristics that are critical to HIPAA security. Using policies, StoredIQ 3.0 customers can delete, migrate and encrypt data to meet HIPAA requirements. Reports and alerts also can be generated.
The HIPAA Solutions Pack is only the first in a line of compliance applications that StoredIQ is planning. Modules for financial services companies that need to comply with SEC 17a-4 and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, for public companies that are governed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and for fraud detection and intellectual property security are on the way.
The StoredIQ appliance attaches to the Ethernet network inside the firewall, where it can monitor information stored on network-attached storage devices and file servers. It can read data stored in Microsoft's Common Internet File System, Unix/Linux's Network File System and the NetWare file systems. It is capable of supporting 50 million files and 200 file types.
The software that runs on the appliance can work with storage management software from EMC, Network Appliance and BlueArc and content management software from Vignette and in the future Documentum, FileNet and Veritas Software's KVS. StoredIQ's offerings differ from others because they can be used to reach into unstructured data across the IT infrastructure, says William Hurley, a senior analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group.
"Documentum and all other enterprise content management systems require that data be added to their repository and indexed before any understanding of the data can be derived or used," Hurley says. "StoredIQ leaves data assets in place, rather than moving them into proprietary repositories."