UPDATED March 27th, 2015 *
Kazoup was unveiled at Cloud Expo Europe and as I was attending the show on the first day, I visited their booth to see the solution and to speak with Radek Dymacz, the co-founder and CTO of Kazoup.
In a nutshell, Kazoup is a simple way to manage your unstructured file date, intelligently leveraging the cloud to drive down storage costs. Firstly, it analyses what you have, it then indexes it to, secondly, allow search and then, thirdly, it archives. For me, this is the really clever bit; companies can choose low-cost cloud-based object storage to archive unused data. And Kazoup can automate the whole process for you. A screen shot from the Kazoup website encapsulates what Kazoup is all about:
Jane Rimmer: Please walk me through Kazoup, what it provides around ‘dark data’ and what it delivers to the business?
Radek Dymacz: Firstly, let me explain ‘dark data’. Gartner’s definition sums it up well: “Dark Data is the information assets organisations collect, process and store during regular business activities but generally fail to use for other purposes. Storing and securing this data typically incurs more expense than value.” So we developed Kazoup to deliver business value.
Kazoup is a DIY solution, it easily installs in less than 30 minutes and our belief is there should be no need for long, expensive professional services consultancy around analytics, it should be simple enough do it by yourself. Once you’ve connected to your datastores, you are presented with the analytics screen. Firstly, we analyse the metadata, and we extrapolate growth of your data; you will see a condensed view in the dashboard.
Kazoup analytics provides data by location, type, duplicates, etc. and, once you’ve enabled archiving, you can analyse what has been archived too. These views can be exported to .CSV format if desired. As Kazoup indexes all file and content data, once the data has been analysed, you are presented with a powerful search option. The best way to describe this is Google for your file data! Users can search archived files, and, when they want to download a file, they just click on it. When analysing the data, we can set the policy to archive. Currently we support Amazon S3 and Google, and very soon we’ll be adding Azure.
JR: In your Archiving policy – is that where you can also set retention policies?
RD: Yes, as an example you can set up Kazoup to move anything, say from 5 years ago, to Amazon. Your users still have access to this data as it’s indexed, but it’s on cheap cloud-based objective storage.
JR: The reports that Kazoup provides, are they for the business?
RD: Our reports are presented in a way that is easily consumable by the business. In particular the executive summary is designed for this purpose.
The outcome of our analytics is reporting to enable ease of management. Kazoup can identify ‘bad behaviour’, we can see how data is growing, and if a particular user is, for example, creating multiple .PST etc. Kazoup will highlight this and management can then take appropriate action with that user. By providing visibility we enable ease of management in a dark data world.
JR: What about support?
RD: In line with our DIY/self-service belief, documentation is available online and in-app support is provided by Kazoup to answer questions as they arise.
JR: In 140 characters, or less, sum up Kazoup.
RD: Kazoup provides visibility and intelligence to your unstructured file data.
JR: And what does the future hold?
RD: Today we support on-premises data but in the near term we will be supporting SaaS datastores, such as Microsoft OneDrive, Box, etc.
Thank you Radek for your time!
The ‘icing on the cake’ for Kazoup came in the evening of 11 March at the UK Cloud Awards, hosted by the Cloud Industry Forum and CloudPro, where Kazoup won the Newcomer category – congratulations to the whole team!
* Further good news for the Kazoup team, they won the ITE Awards Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics Solution of the Year on 25th March – congrats!