Virtual Machine eDiscovery: Forensic Collection and Legal Review
Since eDiscovery is about getting the data you need for a good case outcome, do no overlook virtual machines! Just like a computer, there could be emails, document files, internet history, databases, log files, and other important data types to support the claims and defenses of your case. Similar to other devices and accounts, you need to forensically collect evidence from a virtual machine and conduct legal review. We can help.
What is a Virtual Machine Anyhow?
A virtual machine can be a challenging concept for many lawyers. Think of it this way. Imagine clicking a file on your computer. When you do, an entirely separate operating system with related programs and files opens. You are now running two computers on one! You can do this with a Windows or Mac computer. In fact, you can even run a Windows virtual machine on a Mac (and vice versa).
Similarly, it is common for servers to run multiple virtual machines on a single server. Many computer users do this as well. In general, virtual machine advantages include: easy to backup and restore; enhanced security thru isolated systems; and the ability to use each virtual machine for a specific purpose.
Remote Virtual Machine Forensic Collection Services
Our remote collection services are designed for your convenience to keep your litigation moving smoothly. No need to leave your home or office, we do all the work remotely.
Fast & Convenient
Receive our Remote Collection Unit at your doorstep in 1-2 days. After you receive the Unit, we begin the collection. Typically, you’ll have your evidence report within 5 days, but expedited services are available. As an added bonus, you do not give up possession of your phone, tablet, or computer. Often the collections are done while you sleep.
Above all, we want to protect you and your data’s security. When we collect your evidence, we use an encrypted storage device to protect the integrity of your data. In addition, we do all this remotely at our secure Data Center, and without in-person contact.
Hands down, our most popular benefit is our transparent flat-fee pricing. The flat-fee services are all-inclusive. Therefore, we don’t charge for phone calls, emails, meetings, or hard drives to store the data.
Legal review is easy with our Legal Review Platforms
After the forensic collection, we provide you with Desktop Evidence Reports, or In-House Document Review Software for document review purposes. Our forensic lawyers can help you decide on the best solution for your size of case and other needs.
Our Legal Review Platforms categorize digital evidence in two ways to help you locate the data you need quickly. For example, if you already know of a specific document or communication, then you can review the forensic collection based upon data type. Data types may include text messages, emails, or Word files, etc. Additionally, to do a broader search, you can search all data types based upon certain search terms that are relevant for the issues in your case. Examples of search terms include particular events, dates, people names, or topics.
- Faster and less expensive electronic review.
- Encrypted storage maintains your data integrity.
- Recovery of deleted data available.
Most Popular Virtual Machines in eDiscovery and Litigation
The most common virtual machines you will encounter is listed below. Be mindful of virtual machines in your Discovery Protocols and Discover Requests.
- VMware: https://www.vmware.com
- VirtualBox: https://www.virtualbox.org
- Parallels Desktop: https://www.parallels.com
- QEMU: https://www.qemu.org
- Citrix Hypervisor: https://www.citrix.com/products/citrix-hypervisor/
- Xen Project: https://xenproject.org/
- Microsoft Hyper-V: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/virtualization/hyper-v/hyper-v-technology-overview
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