SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 13, 2018 – Silicon Valley AI software startup Cloudtenna today announced public availability of its global file search software DirectSearch™ and its new OEM program, DirectSearch Core.
Starting today, users can self-signup for the DirectSearch product. With DirectSearch, enterprise users get a comprehensive AI/machine learning-based search platform that finds files across disparate repositories. Out of the box, DirectSearch products include connectors to common collaboration tools including Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Outlook, Gmail, Slack, Atlassian JIRA and Confluence. Additional repositories, including hybrid support for on-premises file servers, are coming later this year. Users can find files by name, sender, date, file type, keyword, content, and other attributes regardless of where it is located.
Cloudtenna’s new OEM program, DirectSearch Core, provides developers with easy-to-integrate search infrastructure purpose-built specifically for files. File search in enterprise environments has been a particularly unique challenge because search results must reflect complex and ultra-granular file permissions. Building search in this manner has historically been prohibitively difficult to scale and unreasonably expensive. DirectSearch Core overcomes these challenges and helps OEM partners deliver high-performance file search across multiple repositories.
“File search infrastructure faces a unique set of requirements that goes beyond the footprint of traditional search infrastructure used for log-search and site-search,” said Aaron Ganek, CEO Cloudtenna. “It has to be smart enough to reflect accurate file permissions. It has to be smart enough to derive context to boost search results. It has to do all this in a fraction of second – anything longer and the user thinks search is broken. And it can’t be cost prohibitive!
Cloudtenna architected DirectSearch to be scalable beyond thousands of employees accessing billions of files across dozens of repositories, and still deliver fast results in less than a second. It uses real-time binding to build its file index and then performs consistency checks to capture deltas, such as a security change or a deleted file. File deduplication and ACL crunching reduces data required by the index, significantly reducing storage costs and requirements.
“Search is an expensive service for any vendor to add, be it for a storage array or a cloud app, and it significantly affects performance and UX if it’s not engineered correctly,” said Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting. “These cost and performance problems become magnified as enterprise search needs to consider user and group file permissions and ACLs, but Cloudtenna has purpose-built a search infrastructure to address this gap.”
The market for universal file search has matured in the past few quarters with notable investments and IPOs. OEMs are increasingly looking for search technology built for files, not logs, that they can plug in to their own front-end UI and are easy to license and release to market. Research shows enterprises incur extremely high costs when employees or external customers are unable to find, access, and use information. These costs come from lost productivity – each worker spends an estimated 2.5 hours every day searching for information – but also poor decision-making and lost revenues based on insufficient or missing information.
DirectSearch for enterprise use is available at prices starting at $10/user/mo. Users who sign-up before December 1st will receive their first 3 months free, no credit card required. Pricing details for DirectSearch Core will be provided to interested vendors upon request. For more information visit https://cloudtenna.com/enterprise-search.html.
Cloudtenna was founded to bring order to file chaos with a suite of AI powered applications for file management. Cloudtenna’s team has decades of experience in both enterprise infrastructure and cloud file management services at leading companies including Rhapsody Networks, Oxygen Cloud, Symantec, Sun Microsystems, NetApp, EMC, Fusion.io, and VERITAS. The team has developed over 20 successful OEM programs from the ground up. Its executives are complemented by engineers who have made key contributions to the NetApp WAFL and VxFS code bases, among other file systems. Together, the Cloudtenna team is revolutionizing how people work with files inside the enterprise with the next generation of file management, file analytics, auditing, and governance. For more information visit www.cloudtenna.com.