Search and eDiscovery


Phoenix Search and eDiscovery tools enable end users to find digital assets, from across the enterprise, in primary and secondary storage comprised by the Information Repository. Phoenix Search and eDiscovery tools help to narrow search results to the information that is most relevant. Searches can be filtered according to a wide array of contextual information, including data type, content, owner, host-of-origin, date, size, and other parameters.

Phoenix gives users a high level of control, enabling them to search for specific digital assets with pinpoint accuracy or discover a set of assets that share a single parameter or several parameters in common. Since Search Tools use metadatabases in the Information Repository, search results are almost instantaneous.

Search results include all of the stored data with file components that match user entered search parameters. Since actual data is retrieved only after a user selects specific files, refining search parameters is simple and painless when the system may have returned results that are too broad. Once a user finds the required data, it can be retrieved to its original location or to anywhere in the network.

Powerful Search for Surveillance and Production Video files and Associated Data

Phoenix is unrivaled in its ability to search for and retrieve stored surveillance and production video data. As video data is ingested into the Phoenix Information Repository, file attributes are captured and cataloged (these include name, type, dates, size, etc). Phoenix also extracts and catalogs additional metadata from the video file itself, which can include time codes, camera information, and analytic-based event information. Thumbnail representations and a playable, low-resolution proxy files are also created and cataloged as the data is ingested.

Search results are represented by thumbnails that, when clicked, launch the playback of the low-resolution proxy video (that was created at ingest) in a video player featuring a full suite of playback and file clipping capabilities. It should be noted that while the low-resolution proxy is part of the Phoenix Information Repository, it is not the stored video file. Thumbnails and proxies enable Phoenix to provide search results quickly. They also enable the user to peruse video files, in their entirety if need be, without first having to retrieve them from storage.

Once the user identifies the needed video and (if necessary) has clipped a section of the video file for export, that video segment is sent to an export queue. Additional instructions in the export queue determine how the file can be sent to a designated network location, an FTP site, or an Email address.

Content-Addressable Storage

All data in the Information Repository, including video files, is fully content addressable. Content searches can include a mix of key words and phrases connected with Boolean operators. Search results are ranked by relevance and displayed in a file tree or Search Engine Results Page (SERP) format that represents the data's original state in primary storage.

Search Offline Media

Because Phoenix uses storage-resident metadatabases, it will search even assets that are stored off-line and off-site. Data that is selected for retrieval may be restored to its original location or redirected to another location.

Safe and Secure Search and Access

Phoenix preserves and utilizes data's original security parameters. Users executing search queries see results that include only the data for which they have access permissions.

Benefits provided by Phoenix Ingest Tools

  • A thorough, easy, and fast way to locate data in the Information Repository
  • A flexible method to discover stored data with common content or attributes
  • A quick method to determine stored data statistics
  • Overwrite protection options for network original data
  • Redirect capabilities