In-Q-Tel gets into storage management

In-Q-Tel, the CIA's technology incubator, has signed its first development agreement for secure storage management tools.

Start-up vendor Candera Inc. of Milpitas, Calif., will incorporate the security management features in a product to be released next year. Neither Candera nor In-Q-Tel officials would describe the product.

The deal does not include direct In-Q-Tel investment. 'What In-Q-Tel brings is deep expertise in security,' Candera chief executive officer Sundi Sundaresh said. 'The goal is for these features to be included in commercially available products,' In-Q-Tel vice president Eric Kaufmann said. 'We want the capabilities available to the entire government.'

Data tools

The Candera deal is part of the incubator's focus on knowledge management. Other focus areas are search and discovery technology, security and privacy, distributed data collection and geospatial technology.

The incubator's knowledge management program aims to spur production of tools that can find structure in volumes of data in different formats and repositories. It also seeks tools to serve up content for individual user needs, produce lightweight protocols on the fly, and aid in multimedia authoring and analysis.

In-Q-Tel has directly invested in knowledge management vendors Browse 3D Corp. of Dulles, Va.; IntelliSeek Inc. of Cincinnati; Mohomine Inc. of San Diego; Systems Research and Development Corp. of Las Vegas; Stratify Inc. of Mountain View, Calif.; Tacit Knowledge Systems Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif.; and Zaplet Inc. of Redwood Shores, Calif.

It also is providing resources to Science Applications International Corp. and SRA International Inc. of Fairfax, Va.

Sundaresh said the new tool would help administrators understand their available network storage capacity. Such information can be difficult to come by, and it often is easier to solve storage problems by simply buying excess capacity, he said.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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