What’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound? Superman, of course, but when it comes to processing data at the speed of 1 terabyte per day and scales to 100 million documents on a single appliance – that’s version 5.5 of Clearwell eDiscovery Platform.

CMSWire recently spoke with Kamal Shah, vice president of marketing; Venkat Rangan, co-founder & chief technology officer and Kurt Leafstrand, director, product management at Clearwell Systems (news, site) about the release of 5.5 and its impact on eDiscovery.

Clearwell is confident that its platform’s end-to-end eDiscovery capabilities mark the beginning of a “new era in eDiscovery processing” and with it will transform the way analysis and review of large volumes of data is carried out.

The Demand for Scalability

Scalability, after all is in high demand. Recent surveys have shown that in 2009 the average case size increased by 24 percent, making it necessary to process large amounts of data in a short time period across a single appliance that can handle growing volumes of data.

Clearwell seeks to deliver. Not only does 5.5 scale up to 100 million documents on a single appliance, but it also offers a variety of new capabilities that make processing data for early case analysis simpler, easier and quicker to administer, including:

  • Pre-processing filters and analytics
  • Extract containers / embedded objects
  • Automatically OCR image content
  • Full Unicode support + language identification
  • Global de-duplication
  • Create discussion threads
  • Perform social network analysis
  • Immediate availability for analysis / review

Highways of Data

Rangan likens the increase in scalability to transforming a single road into a six-lane highway. Data can be pushed through faster, filling up all the lanes to maximize space.

Boasting scalability is one thing. Being able to implement and integrate it is another. The Clearwell E-Discovery Platform is available as an integrated appliance that can be installed in less than 25 minutes, adding to the long list of features that 5.5 delivers.

Clearwell E-Discovery Platform version 5.5 will be generally available in the second quarter of 2010 and will be showcased at Legal Tech NYC.