The new offering is based on the company’s acquisition of data classification company Avalere in 2007, and Iron Mountain first released it to customers at the end of 2009. Iron Mountain plans to integrate Connected Classify & Collect with Iron Mountain’s other cloud data storage services, LiveVault and Virtual File Store (VFS), although the vendor has given no timeframe for that yet.
Data collection on corporate PCs is one of the thorniest areas in e-discovery, according to analysts. Iron Mountain claims pre-classifying data will lead to more comprehensive e-discovery searches. “We’ve come to realize that Connected can be more accurate than file shares or impounding employee laptops,” Iron Mountain Digital director of product management David Asher told SearchDataBackup last year. “By the time laptops are impounded, an employee may have had days to delete data.”