Fourth Generation E-Discovery Platform Debuts at New York LegalTech
DENVER—January 31, 2011—Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc., a pioneer in providing cloud-based document repositories for e-discovery and other complex legal matters, today announced the Preview Release of Catalyst Insight, its new, automated discovery platform. The announcement was made to herald the opening day of the 2011 LegalTech conference in New York City.
“Catalyst Insight has been two years in the making,” said John Tredennick, Catalyst’s founder and CEO. “We set out to completely rewrite our flagship product using the newest search technology on the market. The goal, quite simply, was to create an entirely new e-discovery platform, one that could scale to handle the largest matters in the world without the compromises usually required by traditional industrial-grade, full-text search engines. Insight takes a revolutionary approach to search using one of the first XML data engines on the market.”
“This technology is unique,” said Larry Barela, Catalyst’s CTO and application development lead. “The fact that this is a true XML search and database engine solves a number of tough issues that have challenged search efforts since the beginning.”
Full-text search engines have always been fast but their indexes get out of synch with the data, Barela explained. Many systems have to be shut down before they can be updated for user changes. In contrast, the Insight search engine is transactional—when a user changes a record and saves it, that record is immediately indexed and searchable. “This is a huge deal for our clients with large volumes of documents and heavy review,” Barela added. “It means that searches are always up to date, no matter how many reviewers are updating records.”
The XML data engine also solves a number of other major problems that bedevil users torn between using a database or full-text software to manage large document populations. Specifically the Insight XML engine offers the following features:
“We took advantage of ten years of experience when we sat down to design Insight,” said John Tredennick. “The first year we focused on plumbing with the goal of automating every aspect of the back-office operations. We designed a processing pipeline that could take raw data sent over the Net from clients and process it according to their specifications before automatically loading it into Insight. From there we built an API into the search engine that would let our administrators use familiar language to interact with the engine rather than its native X-Query. Because the product runs on a unified platform, everything can be done by interacting with Insight, there is no database, search engine dichotomy to manage and synch.”
Ultimately the battle for the e-discovery market is one between local appliances and the cloud. In the past, corporations and law firms bought locally installed systems because they seemed quicker (because of LAN speeds) and offered local control. In contrast, cloud-based, hosted systems had the edge for large document populations, particularly those involving special needs like multi-party support and multi-language capabilities.
Today, with the release of Insight, the playing field has changed. Users enjoy the full control of a locally installed appliance with greater speed in most cases due to the power of industrial-grade server software and often superior delivery bandwidth, particularly because most organizations now enjoy high-speed Internet bandwidth. In addition, Insight users get the power of server grids and scalable cluster technology, backed by a virtual services infrastructure that will allow them to convert, redact, stamp and TIFF large quantities of documents without having to purchase and manage thousands of computers or expensive SAN units. Plus, they get the benefit of multiple redundancies ranging from load-balanced web servers to the services grid and the multi-data center provisioning from Amazon Web Services.
Initial response to the beta release has been overwhelming. Catalyst representatives will be soliciting user reactions and feedback at LegalTech and during the final development phase before putting the integrated platform in the hands of partners and users for trial testing. The product is slated for release in the second quarter of 2011.
Catalyst provides secure, scalable multi-lingual document repositories for electronic discovery, litigation support, and other complex regulatory matters. For over a decade, corporations and their counsel have relied on Catalyst to control litigation costs and make review teams more effective. Our systems and supporting services cover the heart of the litigation lifecycle-from processing and search, to analytics, review, production and trial.
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