Thursday, February 10, 2005

Kroll Ontrack® surpasses one petabyte of active electronic data storage capacity

-- New storage addition places Kroll Ontrack’s data center as one of the largest in the electronic discovery industry --

MINNEAPOLIS – February 10, 2005 – Kroll Ontrack®, the leading provider of electronic and paper-based document discovery solutions and computer forensic services for law firms, government entities and corporations, today added storage capacity to its state-of-the-art data center, giving the Legal Technologies division more than one petabyte of active storage capacity.

This addition of storage capacity is made to Kroll Ontrack’s data center, located on the campus of the corporate headquarters outside of Minneapolis. The $10-million-plus, state-of-the-art data center, unveiled in November, 2004, is an enterprise-class electronic business environment designed to provide clients with the most extensive, resilient, controllable, secure, and comprehensive legal technology solutions available in the marketplace. The task of managing the existing and new storage capacity will be eased by utilizing storage virtualization and storage tiering techniques.

“We are excited to have reached the milestone achieving more than one petabyte of storage capacity dedicated to our growing Legal Technologies division,” said Kristin Nimsger, Vice President, Legal Technologies at Kroll Ontrack. “With the electronic evidence industry growing at such an exponential rate, we took steps to expand our business, demonstrating to our customers that we have the ability to manage a multitude of large and highly complex cases all at the same time.”

Understanding the sheer size of a petabyte can be difficult. Consider the following:

• One petabyte equals approximately 1,000 terabytes, or 1,000,000 gigabytes
• If every PC had a 5GB hard drive, storing a petabyte would take 200,000 PCs
• One petabyte is the equivalent of approximately 57 years of streaming video
• One petabyte is equal to approximately 50 times the total data in the Library of Congress

“Just under two years ago, we were pleased to have one hundred terabytes of storage capacity,” said Deb Huntley, Manager, Legal Technologies Information Technology at Kroll Ontrack. “The idea of going beyond the terabyte threshold seemed off in the distant future. However, to address our growth and the number of large projects coming in, we have crossed the once ‘mind boggling’ frontier into the petabyte world.”

As more and more companies move to an increasingly paperless work environment, the amount of electronic data accumulating over time is reaching extraordinary levels. Law firms routinely find themselves with multiple terabytes of information subject to review. And Kroll Ontrack, a service provider that assists law firms in collecting the information for review, is increasingly faced with significant storage demands, as the company often handles multiple projects of this size on a routine basis.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Kroll Ontrack Inc. ( provides electronic and paper-based discovery, computer forensics, and data recovery solutions to help companies, law firms, and government agencies quickly and cost-effectively review, manage and produce information and documents. Kroll Ontrack is the technology services subsidiary of Kroll Inc., the world’s leading risk consulting company.


Ryan Boekelheide
Public Relations Specialist
Kroll Ontrack Inc.
9023 Columbine Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
(952) 516-3581