This week, MetricStream announces that it has bought TBD Networks, Pathway and Equivo Partner for better email management, Gartner releases its e-Discovery Magic Quadrant and Kroll offers easy data recovery, while SOA offers better cloud governance.

MetricStream Buys TBD Networks

GRC vendor MetricStream, has announced the acquisition of TBD Networks, a California-based cloud transformation company and its vPanorama cloud GRC technology.

By incorporating vPanorama into its IT-GRC solution, MetricStream will enable users to manage regulatory compliance, privacy requirements, security threats, vulnerability risks and performance metrics across the spectrum of virtual assets in the cloud, as well as on-premises virtual infrastructure. The latter constitutes private clouds based on platforms such as VMware vSphere.

MetricStream, for its part, offers IT security, risk and compliance managers a simple, action-oriented way to monitor the virtualized environment alongside on-premises infrastructure. vPanorama’s technology offers granular visibility into and control over security configuration assessments, continuous controls monitoring, risk management and threat and vulnerability tracking.

It also helps meet compliance requirements around industry standards, cross-border data transfer, service level agreements (SLAs), segregation of duties (SoDs) and general computer controls (GCC). The technology minimizes inefficiencies and boosts the reliability and performance of the cloud infrastructure.

vPanorama, developed by TBD Networks under the VMware Technical Alliance Partner Program, has been the building block of some of the world’s largest virtual environments, including the US Air Force’s global network environment.

Pathway, Equivio Partner

Also this week, Pathway Forensics, an e-Discovery and digital investigations company, announced its adoption of Equivio’s technology for grouping of near-duplicates and email threads.

Pathway has incorporated Equivio technology as a standard component of its e-Discovery services, which include collection, processing, analysis, hosting and review. Near-duplicate grouping enables it to accelerate the processing and review of large collections of electronically stored information (ESI), thus reducing litigation costs for clients.

The grouping of near-duplicates and email threads allows attorneys to skip redundant data, while focusing exclusively on the unique information in each document. By enhancing the ease of data identification, Equivio reduces the risk of missing key information.

The Equivio groupings also ensure similar documents are treated consistently, while increasing review productivity and helping litigators meet tight deadlines.

Gartner’s E-Discovery MQ

For those having trouble choosing an e-Discovery vendor, Gartner has released its 2012 Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery, and it’s full of interesting insights.

If you had any doubt about how quickly the market was growing for e-Discovery, a look at this year’s Magic Quadrant for e-Discovery would indicate just how tight competition is getting in the market with six companies in the Leaders quadrant and another four jostling to bust in from the Challengers quadrant. But like all IT areas that have a high content element, the market is shifting.

However, while criteria to be fulfilled to be included in the Leaders quadrant are stiff, to say the least, even to get in the Magic Quadrant at all this year is a notable achievement for those companies playing in the space. 

Kroll Ontrack's Easy Data Recovery

Meanwhile, Kroll Ontrack has announced the availability of a new version of Ontrack EasyRecovery, a do-it-yourself software tool for data recovery.

Ontrack EasyRecovery 10 has a new, intuitive user interface for both the Mac and Windows versions, as well as multiple drive types and file formats, and is equipped with a free trial option so users can check what files can be recovered prior to purchasing the software.

Installation of Ontrack EasyRecovery is fast with most users up and running and recovering data in minutes, Kroll says.

The scanning engine builds a file list of recoverable files from local/external hard drives (HDD/SSD), optical and digital media, iPods, tablet devices and mobile phones that work as removable storage and disk image files. Recoverable files can be previewed and all recovery operations are secure. Supported languages include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese.

Ontrack EasyRecovery is offered in three editions. It is available via a new annual, renewable license, which offers unlimited recoveries from local storage and external media, and the tool works on all drive capacities.

SOA’s New Cloud Governance Offerings

Finally, cloud governance vendor SOA Software is now offering users the ability to deploy its products as VMware images, giving organizations the flexibility to deploy and migrate governance solutions within and across their enterprise.

In addition, SOA Software has become a VMware partner participating in VMware's Technology Alliance Program (TAP).

Many customers are leveraging datacenter automation solutions to create an internal cloud operating model for dynamic scaling of their runtime environments. SOA Software's Network Director is ideally suited for this type of deployment, offering the ability to add and remove instances from clusters dynamically as needed.

The results of this move is that users will be able to apply SOA governance, SOA security and SOA management products across the service lifecycle, from planning through development and production deployment.

SOA Software's latest solution is Atmosphere, which provides a secure, robust platform that companies can use to share their APIs with the growing developer community.