In the recent Law Technology News article What Amazon’s S3 Price Drop Could Mean to Technology Vendors, Nextpoint CEO Rakesh Madhava talked about how the new pricing for Amazon S3 (aka Simple Storage Service) online web storage service can benefit our customers. But we think it’s important to talk about not just how inexpensive it is to use the S3 folder in Trial Cloud and Discovery Cloud, but also how effective and powerful this technology can be.
Your S3 Folder lives in your Nextpoint case, fully secured to provide access only to you and (with your permission) Nextpoint technicians. By using your S3 Folder, you can also transfer your files if you are utilizing Nextpoint Evidence Room services, eliminating the need to ship disks, drives, or use File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
We know as well as anyone that litigation data and trial evidence can be enormously cumbersome and needs to be handled appropriately. The launch of S3 Folders last year brought a more convenient process of importing large sets of data to Trial Cloud and Discovery Cloud. For our customers, the obvious benefit of this ability is to upload data today, without having to store/backup the data on your own internal system or shipping data on disks. But there are other, less obvious ways S3 folders make life better.
Because of the limitations of bandwidth, big files used to have to be broken up or compressed to send to the cloud. Previously, the only way customers could upload multiple files themselves into Nextpoint was to compress them into a zip file, and upload through a web browser. This works fine, but breaking or compressing files adds time around uploading. Now, you can simply send even your largest files to the case folder, notify us, then we can process. That means mailbox files, depositions, transcripts, and even complete video depositions are easily and quickly uploaded to our platform with no file manipulation necessary.
For example, one client recently sent us a 7 GB PST file, which we uploaded in one action. Without S3, data of that size would have been very cumbersome to get into the cloud.
Video files are a special problem for any system. In the past, uploading large video files would mean loading several large files through a web browser instead of one, single transfer, which is a laborious and time-consuming process. With the S3 folder, we can send the original, full sized files straight from their source location to the S3 case folder. Then, it’s as simple as clicking “import from case folder” and the videos process at drastically faster rates in their native format.
Once video files are uploaded to your Trial Cloud database, you can take advantage of another great Nextpoint feature – streaming deposition video. You can securely playback or browse any deponent’s deposition video through a web browser, including on a mobile device like an iPad. For more information about using S3 floders, please visit the Nextpoint Support Site.