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Clearwell Advances E–Discovery in the Cloud with Support for Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)/Microsoft Office 365

Clearwell E–Discovery Platform Enables Customers to Quickly and Defensibly Identify and Collect Data From Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — December 13, 2010 — Clearwell Systems, Inc., a leader in intelligent e–discovery, today announced that the latest version of the Clearwell E–Discovery Platform now allows customers to defensibly collect data from Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)/Microsoft Office 365. With this new capability, customers can quickly identify and collect data from Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online for e–discovery requests in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries and internal investigations. Once collected, the data from the cloud is immediately available for downstream e–discovery phases such as processing, analysis, review and production. As a result, the Clearwell E–Discovery Platform frees enterprises to reap the benefits of cloud computing while still fulfilling their legal and compliance requirements related to e–discovery.

Cloud computing adoption continues to grow at a record pace as enterprises look to leverage the scalability and cost savings offered by the cloud. According to The 451 Group, the cloud computing marketplace will reach $16.7 billion in revenue by 2013, up from $8.7 billion in 2010, resulting in a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent. This surge in cloud computing consumption, combined with the tripled growth in Microsoft BPOS subscriptions in the past year, demonstrates the imperative need for corporations to ensure that data placed in the cloud is discoverable in the event of litigation, regulatory inquiries and internal investigations.

“As enterprises continue to move data to the cloud, the issue of timely and effective legal discoverability becomes even more critical,” said Katey Wood, analyst at The 451 Group. “Clearwell’s new BPOS support lets users identify and collect this data with a single product, no matter where it resides, streamlining the e–discovery process significantly.”

The latest version of the Clearwell E–Discovery Platform provides comprehensive support for Microsoft BPOS/Office 365, including:

  • Identification and collection of data from both Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online
  • Integration with Active Directory
  • Auto–detection of both mailboxes and SharePoint sites in the cloud
  • Connection throttling to BPOS in order to maximize network efficiency
  • Managed security and access, along with automatic activity and chain–of–custody reporting
  • “Cloud computing is dramatically altering the landscape for electronic discovery,” said Kurt Leafstrand, senior director of product management at Clearwell Systems. “As enterprises join this strategic movement of corporate data to cloud environments, it is critical that they plan ahead and proactively enable their IT and legal teams to meet their legal and compliance requirements. With Microsoft BPOS/Office 365 support now part of the Clearwell E–Discovery Platform, customers can manage their entire case — whether data is contained on–premise, in the cloud or in a mixed environment — in a single product for the entire e–discovery lifecycle.”

    To learn more about the new capabilities, email info@clearwellsystems.com or call 1–877–CLEARWELL.

    About Clearwell Systems
    Clearwell Systems is transforming the way enterprises, government agencies, and law firms perform electronic discovery (e–discovery) in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations. The Clearwell E–Discovery Platform streamlines end–to–end e–discovery, providing a single product for identification, collection, processing, analysis, review, and production. Leading global organizations such as Clear Channel Communications, Constellation Energy, Cisco, the Department of Health and Human Services, DLA Piper, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, NBC Universal, OfficeMax and Toyota are using Clearwell to streamline collections, accelerate early case assessments, intelligently cull–down data, increase reviewer productivity, and ensure the defensibility of their e–discovery process. Consistently ranked as a leader in independent e–discovery industry surveys and reports, Clearwell Systems is an active participant in the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Project, The Sedona Conference, and the Text REtrieval Conference (TREC). For more information, visit www.clearwellsystems.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/clearwell, or subscribe to the E–Discovery 2.0 blog at http://www.clearwellsystems.com/e–discovery–blog/.

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