StoredIQ Clears the Big Data Storage Fog

By Pedro Hernandez

Austin, Texas-based StoredIQ Thursday announced a new Big Data storage analysis and visualization application called DataIQ. The aim is to enable businesses to take stock of their unstructured data and help kick start plans to better manage and safeguard it.

According to StoredIQ CEO Phil Myers, DataIQ fulfills a need for organizations embarking on projects that hinge on knowing what kind of data is being stored, where it's located and how it affects their storage management efforts.

"As we worked with customers on information management initiatives from eDiscovery, information governance, storage and records retention, one common theme bubbled up over and over ... customers needed a simple tool to give them a comprehensive understanding of their unstructured data," said Myers in a press statement.

DataIQ runs on the company's StoredIQ Platform, which does away with the need to create separate data repositories and allows applications like e-discovery and risk management to "manage data in-place." The software provides businesses with a single view of multiple data sources and formats that can stretch across multiple petabytes of storage.

"DataIQ was designed as a quick start data intelligence application that empowers customers with knowledge about their data to better plan and prepare for any information management project," said Myers.

DataIQ generates visual "data maps" and uses "intelligent overlays" that allow administrators to derive quick insights into their Big Data stores and spot potential trouble spots like the presence of personally identifiable information -- social security and credit card numbers, for instance -- in unsecured repositories.

The software can also be used to unmask clever workers that put companies at risk by attempting to circumvent company data storage policies. DataIQ can see through tricks like renaming file extensions to squirrel away media files or to obfuscate banned or closely monitored file types.

With those capabilities in hand, businesses can fine tune their storage infrastructure planning decisions by determining how fast SharePoint sites are growing, for example. Additionally, DataIQ can speed e-discovery and records monitoring efforts or simply help organizations reclaim capacity.

DataIQ will be available in August.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on July 26, 2012