CloudNine Acquires eDiscovery Product Lines from LexisNexis
HOUSTON AND NEW YORK – LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, and CloudNine, a leader in simplifying and automating legal discovery, today announced the sale of the LexisNexis eDiscovery product suite to CloudNine. Simultaneously, CloudNine announced a significant investment from an affiliate of Peak Rock Capital. The sale includes the LAW PreDiscovery, Early Data Analyzer (EDA) and Concordance products.
“CloudNine is excited to carry on the LexisNexis eDiscovery product suite and continue providing vital services to existing and new customers. This acquisition allows us to invest in the product suite, delivering enhanced capabilities and services to our customers through a robust, automated eDiscovery product platform,” shared Brad Jenkins, CEO of CloudNine. “The ability to offer a hybrid of both on-premise and off-premise software coupled with our automated software allows us to support customer needs regardless of their eDiscovery task, security, and cost requirements. As a user of many of the purchased product line offerings for more than a decade, we understand their utility and potential. CloudNine plans to continue the support and development for these offerings and we look forward to integrating them into our product portfolio.”
“In CloudNine we have found a trusted partner who will drive technology advancements in this eDiscovery suite, while delivering the highest levels of service and support to our customers,” shared Alex Watson, Chief Operating Officer at LexisNexis Legal & Professional. “CloudNine is committed to investing in customer-driven innovation that will deliver next-generation eDiscovery solutions to the market. At LexisNexis, we’re focused on supporting the data-driven lawyer of the future. We’re creating leading-edge information and analytics solutions by harnessing our big data and artificial intelligence capabilities. Our goal is to help customers work more efficiently, make more informed decisions and drive success for their clients, practice and business.”
In conjunction with the product line purchase, an affiliate of Peak Rock Capital made a significant investment in CloudNine, underscoring its support of CloudNine and its vision for the future of these products.
“We are pleased to partner with CloudNine in their acquisition of the LexisNexis eDiscovery product suite,” noted Steve Martinez, President and Managing Director of Peak Rock Capital. “CloudNine is well-positioned to service the suite’s current customer base. The company now has substantial resources to further enhance these offerings and complete acquisitions of relevant businesses and products that would serve the combined customer base. We look forward to supporting Brad Jenkins and the CloudNine team as they continue their strong growth in simplifying and automating eDiscovery for their customers.”
Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
Learn more about the product line purchase from CloudNine by visiting cloudnine.com/Product-Line-Acquisition/.
About CloudNine, The eDiscovery Company
Founded in 2002, and based in Houston, Texas, CloudNine (cloudnine.com) is a legal discovery technology company with expertise in simplifying and automating the discovery of data for audits, investigations, and litigation. Used by more than 2,000 legal and business customers worldwide including more than 50 of the top 250 Am Law firms and many of the world’s leading corporations, CloudNine’s off-premise and on-premise software and services help customers gain insight and intelligence on electronic data.
CloudNine has been highlighted by industry experts in reports, reviews, and surveys including Gartner, 451 Research, Blue Hill Research, Corporate Counsel Magazine, the New York Journal, and Texas Lawyer. CloudNine also publishes the eDiscovery Daily Blog, a popular trusted source for legal industry information. A leader in eDiscovery simplification and automation, you can learn more about CloudNine at cloudnine.com.
About Peak Rock Capital
Peak Rock Capital is a leading middle-market private equity firm that makes equity and debt investments in companies in North America and Europe. Peak Rock focuses on investing in opportunities where it can support senior management in driving rapid growth and performance through operational and strategic support. For further information about Peak Rock Capital, please visit www.peakrockcapital.com.
About LexisNexis Legal & Professional
LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help professional customers make more informed decisions, increase productivity and serve their clients better. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading-edge technology and world-class content to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 130 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.
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CloudNine Highlighted in 2018 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards
Leading Legal Content Platform Recognizes CloudNine, Doug Austin, and Tom O’Connor for eDiscovery Writing Excellence
CloudNine, the eDiscovery Company (cloudnine.com) providing eDiscovery automation software and professional services for litigation, investigations, and audits, today announced the recognition of CloudNine as the Top Firm in eDiscovery and Doug Austin and Tom O’Connor as Top Authors in the 2018 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards honored the firms and authors with the highest readership and engagement on key cross-industry topics across 26 industries as selected from over 50,000 contributing authors.
“We are excited to be able to recognize the leading contributors and contributions of the firms, authors, and readers within the JD Supra ecosystem,” shared Adrian Lurssen, Co-Founder and Vice President of Strategic Development of JD Supra. “In the area of eDiscovery, we are honored this year to again recognize CloudNine and their commentary and analysis contributions as affirmed by our readership. The timeliness and importance of writings from Doug Austin and Tom O’Connor on CloudNine’s eDiscovery Daily Blog are commendable, and we are honored to be able to share their work.”
“It is a great honor to be recognized by legal and business professionals for the eDiscovery writings contributed by Doug Austin and Tom O’Connor on CloudNine’s eDiscovery Daily Blog,” shared Brad Jenkins, CEO of CloudNine. “Our goal as an eDiscovery technology company is to simplify eDiscovery for data and legal discovery practitioners. These awards highlight the educational component of simplifying eDiscovery, and we continue to be grateful to have JD Supra as a partner in these important education efforts.”
To learn more about CloudNine, the eDiscovery Daily Blog, and the JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, visit:
Founded in 2002 and based in Houston, Texas, CloudNine (cloudnine.com) is a data and legal discovery technology company with proven expertise in simplifying and automating the discovery of data for audits, investigations, and litigation. Used by legal and business customers worldwide including more than 50 of the top 250 Am Law firms and many of the world’s leading corporations, CloudNine’s eDiscovery automation software and services help customers gain insight and intelligence on electronic data.
CloudNine’s eDiscovery platform has been highlighted by industry experts in reports, reviews, and surveys including Gartner, 451 Research, Blue Hill Research, Corporate Counsel Magazine, the New York Journal, Texas Lawyer, and G2 Crowd. CloudNine also publishes the eDiscovery Daily Blog, a trusted source of information for the legal industry. A leader in eDiscovery simplification and automation, you can learn more about CloudNine at 713.462.3885, info[at]cloudnine.com, or at cloudnine.com.
About JD Supra
JD Supra delivers need-to-know legal and business content to professionals in all industries in daily email digests, via more than 100 proprietary social feeds, on mobile platforms, to partner websites, and as news across the web. Through the innovative use of technology and curated audiences, JD Supra connects over 50,000 professionals writing on important topics to C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and media members concerned with matters impacting business today. JD Supra also provides firms with competitive insights and market intelligence derived from the thousands of articles being read daily across the platform. For more information, visit jdsupra.com.
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eDiscovery Expert Brett Burney Reviews CloudNine Platform
CloudNine – Competitively Priced Cloud-Based Platform for Data Processing, Review, and Production Supported by a Full Professional Services Portfolio
An eDiscovery Platform Review by Brett Burney*
Backed by a strong history of litigation services, the CloudNine platform is an easy-to-use choice for processing, reviewing, and producing the electronic data you collect from your client or an opposing party. CloudNine has developed a “4S” focus on speed, simplicity, security, and services.
“CloudNine platform is an easy-to-use choice for processing, reviewing, and producing the electronic data you collect from your client or an opposing party.”
Uploading & Processing Data
Although the entire CloudNine platform is accessible via a web browser, you’ll need to download the “Discovery Client” software in order to upload data to the platform. The software is Windows-only, but Mac users have successfully used the software through Windows virtualization software (e.g. Parallels www. parallels.com).
The software download feels like an unnecessary step – other platforms just let you upload files directly through the browser. But the extra task actually provides an ingenious opportunity to cull out extraneous digital junk that you don’t even need or want uploaded into the review database. If you don’t take advantage of this, you’re wasting time and racking up unnecessary expenses. Plus, the desktop application offers more robust features and an upload won’t get interrupted if you happen to close your web browser tab.
How do you receive data from clients? Do they send USB thumb drives or external hard drives which they’ve stuffed full with all the data they think you’ll need? Make a working copy of the files on to your computer or server, and then launch the CloudNine Discovery Client software and point it to that folder. The software scans the folder, and you get to put checkmarks on only the files that you need. You should UN-check any computer system files, or maybe you don’t want to upload their iTunes music collection, or you don’t want to look at their sales spreadsheets. You can always go back and upload those files later if you discover you need them.
The Discovery Client software uploads your selected data to CloudNine and starts the data processing stage where metadata is extracted, text files are created, hash files are generated, and HTML renders are completed. CloudNine also generates an EDA report (early data assessment) so you see how much data you’ve loaded, how many messages, families, file types, etc. that you’ll be reviewing.
Analytics & Keywords
But there’s still some investigative work you can do on your documents before you just dive into the first document in the list. Open the Analytics panel in CloudNine and click the “Project Statistics” to get a big picture of the size of the data you’re looking at, the number of pages/documents, average pages per document, etc.
Next you can look at the “Document Keywords” listing out all the occurrences of each word found in your files. This could be a little overwhelming, but handy info if there’s a word or phrase on which your case hinges, or you simply just want to see the frequency of certain words.
CloudNine also presents you with a collection of “Conceptual Keywords” that gives you a sense of the major themes detected in the documents and files. If nothing else, this is a good jumping-off place to determine if these files have the topics you’re targeting.
The Analytics box also reveals all the domains pulled from the emails (EML, MSG, or PST files) that you’ve uploaded.
All of these facets of your data collection can be accessed in the “Filtering” section of CloudNine so you can more precisely cull out certain documents or files that you don’t need to see initially. For example, you can filter out any emails with domains from @ espn.com or @nytimes.com since sports scores and news headlines are probably not going to be relevant to your matter. You can also filter out by file type, or get rid of any duplicate files. You’re not deleting any of these files, you’re just [digitally] setting them aside so you can focus on what’s most important first.
“CloudNine also presents you with a collection of “Conceptual Keywords” that gives you a sense of the major themes detected in the documents and files. If nothing else, this is a good jumping-off place to determine if these files have the topics you’re targeting.”
Searching in CloudNine is easy, whether you want to search the content of every single file, or you want to narrow down your search to a specific field – such as only searching the From or To or CC lines of an email message. When you search the full text of your files, the words are highlighted in the Text and HTML views so they jump right out.
Click “Recent Searches” to view your search history, or save a search to run it again later.
CloudNine has a unique “Vertical Document List View” that shows the document on the left side of your screen, a column in the middle with a file list, and a panel on the right showing available tags and all the metadata associated with the selected file. This is how most folks will use CloudNine once you’re ready to read through documents.
CloudNine also offers a “Native Tree View” that shows the folders of how the original documents were stored and organized. For example, if your client just copied folders from their server and sent that to you, this Native Tree View will show you all of the folders and sub-folders mirroring how your client stored their files. If your client sent a PST file, the Native Tree View shows you the same folders and sub-folders that they see in their Microsoft Outlook inbox. This view is fantastic because you get to see exactly how your client stored their files, which is helpful when you’re conversing with your client on where and how they stored certain files.
If you have a dual-monitor, you’ll appreciate the “Table View” where one monitor can show you the document while the other monitor displays all the document’s metadata.
Document Exports & Productions
There are a host of options for exporting and producing files out of CloudNine once they’ve all been reviewed and tagged for relevancy and privilege. An excellent export wizard walks you through the process of selecting what you need to export: native files, images, OCR, load files, etc. You also have options for Bates stamping files and otherwise labeling them.
You’ll receive an email once the production is complete so that you can download it off the system and distribute it to the waiting parties.
CloudNine offers some of the most competitive pricing in the industry starting at $35 per GB per month. That can go down to $12 per GB per month if you have the volume to support that pricing structure. Additional services will add a few dollars to the price.
Always check CloudNine’s website and contact them for up to date info.
Who Is CloudNine?
CloudNine has been around since 2002 headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company started out primarily as a litigation services company, but their main focus today is the CloudNine, cloud-based platform for data processing, review, and production. But they still remain a full-service shop to support their platform and assist you with any of your eDiscovery related needs.
Why You Should Consider CloudNine…
- An included Litigation Hold tool lets you email notifications and track acknowledgments – much better than manually tracking via Outlook.
- You can sign up for CloudNine for free without a credit card and load as much data as you want for a 30-day trial. It’s an excellent way to test out the system.
- CloudNine offers a protected cloud security infrastructure vs. a general public cloud which provides CloudNine more control and access to their servers depending on the needs of clients.
- If you use Relativity, also check out their Outpost for Relativity service that can streamline the ingestion of data into Relativity saving you buckets of time.
“There are a host of options for exporting and producing files out of CloudNine once they’ve all been reviewed and tagged for relevancy and privilege. An excellent export wizard walks you through the process of selecting what you need to export: native files, images, OCR, load files, etc.”
Try Out CloudNine For Yourself!
Click here to sign up for a 30 day no-risk free trial of CloudNine. And, for any additional information regarding CloudNine products, you can contact Doug Austin, CloudNine VP of Products and Professional Services at email@example.com.