As promised in my article titled, “eDiscovery in the Cloud,” posted on January 23, 2015, following is a product review of the Global Discovery Network (GDN), a new generation cloud based Information Governance and eDiscovery platform from Global 7 Technologies (G7T). G7T positions GDN as a multi-language Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based multi-purpose and simple to use document review platform to support multiple information management and governance use cases such as internal investigations, security, computer and information forensics, mergers and acquisitions, arbitration, records management, and eDiscovery.
The entire platform sits on Amazon Web Services (AWS) providing users a dependable, cost effective and highly secure and scalable cloud computing platform with an international footprint that enables users to easily comply with all local regulations regarding the storage and management of Electronically Stored Information (ESI). G7T indicates that their global server network includes AWS facilities in Brazil, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, and the United States.
In addition, G7T built GDN on the same NoSQL database technology currently being used by many of the largest Fortune 500 Companies, Federal Intelligence Agencies and the Department of Defense. NoSQL enables what I would characterize as next generation speed in data loading, processing, searching and document review. Although I was not able to complete any true stress test with a “Big Data” set versus other currently available legacy Early Case Assessment (ECA) and document review platform, I would estimate performance increases of 10X or higher comparison with well-known and industry leading eDiscovery platforms. And, it is my professional opinion that the data loads, processing, searches, document review and tagging and production tests that I ran against the standard Enron data set were indeed much faster than I have experienced with other platforms.
Given the fact that GDN is a SaaS based application with no client side footprint, the user interface is very easy to use. The feature set is also impressive and includes slick drag-n-drop data loading from literally any data source users can access, and on-the-fly processing and searching which I found to be faster than most of the current legacy platforms on the market today. GDN’s document management and review features enable dynamic foldering, bulk tagging and coding, user comments and search hit highlighting that is perfect for first pass review and capable of supporting large, comprehensive, full blown multi-user document review projects. Further, GDN enables users to produce a standard load file to pass on to other platforms as may be required. I was able to load and process the entire Enron data set and search for a set of the standard documents that everyone is familiar with, tag them, comment on them, and produce them in a matter of hours. Much different than sending them out and waiting….
I was also impressed with GDN’s ability to handle multiple languages. In addition to the Enron data set which is English-based, I also asked a good friend of mine that is fluent in Chinese and also familiar with document review for internal investigations and computer forensics to log on and load several GBs of Chinese documents. The feedback was very positive and included a request to get access to the system to support her ongoing work.
The GDN mobile apps provide a convenient method for “on the go” users to securely access the platform from their mobile devices. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices from their app stores, the mobile app allows registered users to navigate folders, filter tags, browse, search and preview documents.
G7T would not provide me with pricing information. However, they did indicate that they would be announcing flat rate per GB monthly pricing at LegalTech in New York on February 4-6, 2014 and that it would be dramatically less than any other legacy platform that is currently available. I will update this article with pricing as soon as it is publicly available.
GDN is a spectacular example of the next generation cloud-based Information Governance and eDiscovery platforms. It’s very easy to use, sits on AWS so there are no worries about security or dependability, performs much faster than the popular legacy eDiscovery platforms that I am familiar with, and supports a rich feature set and is promised by G7T to be very cost effective.
I would recommend GDN without reservation for the following users:
- Small to medium sized law firms that are looking for a cost-effective yet powerful eDiscovery platform.
- Law firms of any size that need a simpler and more cost effective eDiscovery platform to replace or augment their current legacy eDiscovery platform.
- Litigation service providers that want access to a cost effect eDiscovery platform but don’t want to manage a data center
- Computer forensic professionals that need anywhere access to a cost effective yet powerful eDiscovery platform for FPR.
- Government and independent investigators that need anywhere access to a cost effective yet powerful collection and document review platform for FPR.
- Corporations that need anywhere access to a cost effective yet powerful collection and document review platform to support internal eDiscovery, other internal investigations, audits, security checks, mergers and acquisitions, arbitration, and preliminary records management.
- Information Governance consultants that a need cost effective yet powerful collection and document review platform.
- Organizations with cross-border matters with data privacy concerns that require regional data processing & hosting.
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