Key features of IBM Spectrum Discover

Supports heterogeneous file and object storage

Supports both IBM and non-IBM storage systems on-premises and in the cloud, including IBM Spectrum Scale, IBM Cloud Object Storage, IBM Spectrum Protect, Dell EMC Isilon, NetApp, Amazon S3 and Ceph.

Policy-based metadata tagging for data classification

IBM Spectrum Discover automatically captures system metadata from source storage systems, creates custom metadata from search results and enables extraction of keyword metadata from file headers and content using the Action Agent API. The result is a rich layer of file and object metadata that is managed using one centralized solution.

Dashboard and customizable reporting

The dashboard represents the user environment at a glance. What a user can see or not see is determined using role-based access controls. The dashboard can show usage versus capacity of their registered storage systems and information about potential duplicate files. For users who want additional record detail, IBM Spectrum Discover provides customizable reports. Both summary and detailed reports can be generated.

Continuous metadata ingestion

When used with IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM Spectrum Scale, the software provides continuous metadata ingestion. Built-in connectors provide integration with IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM Spectrum Scale. Live event notifications automate continuous metadata ingestion. Metadata indexing enables rapid data queries. Customers can scan up to 30,000 records per second — up to 1 billion files in an 8-hour day.

Real-time data insight

Customers can use the multi-faceted fast search to locate highly relevant files and objects in seconds. They can query billions of records in seconds. Dashboards with drill-down chart elements help simplify storage management, while customizable reports expedite audits and communication.

Fast searching enables rapid discovery of data assets

The metadata management software provides both a search bar and a more advanced search pane to help users quickly find subsets of records that have been indexed. Search results are displayed in a columnar table that contains information correlated to search criteria. What a user can see or not see is determined using role-based access controls.

Content-based tagging and search

Apply custom metadata tags based on the occurrence of user-definable keywords found in the content of supported file types, then quickly find that data with low-latency searches using those tags.

Secure and extensible architecture

Role-based access control ensures that only authorized users have access to data. The Action Agent API supports integration with customer-developed and/or third-party software, and policy engine hooks enable automated workflows.

Automatically identify and classify sensitive data

Spectrum Discover automatically identifies and classifies data containing certain kinds of sensitive or personally identifiable information.

Community-supported catalog of third-party extensions

IBM Spectrum Discover Action Agent Catalog enables clients to discover, install and manage third-party Action Agents from a community-supported ecosystem to extend the capabilities of IBM Spectrum Discover without having to write their own code.

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