While I was at ILTA, Angela Bunting, VP eDiscovery at Nuix, introduced me to Benjamin Kennedy of Australian services provider NuLegal. NuLegal have made interesting use of Nuix entirely in the cloud and I asked Benjamin Kennedy to tell me about it.
Most of NuLegal’s work is for eDiscovery and investigations together with electronic trial business. Benjamin Kennedy says that NuLegal has all its infrastructure in the cloud, with no hardware in its offices. It has a large Nuix environment, and among the benefits of the AWS cloud is that NuLegal do not have to worry about how much drive space they have at any one time or whether the machines are running at full capacity. They just expand their AWS use for as long as extra capacity is needed, allowing them to undertake more processes in parallel.
An example was an OCR platform which NuLegal has built which can OCR millions of pages per day and shut down when it has finished.
Benjamin Kennedy says that NuLegal can do a great deal more with the platform than they could on traditional hardware. Cloud providers, he says, are investing heavily in researching new benefits and on how AWS can be deployed to enable clients to process more data and do other things.
One example is that NuLegal is integrating Nuix and machine learning as a service, making use of Nuix’s recent investment in elastic search. This allows them to experiment and, perhaps more interestingly, to react positively when clients bring them their own ideas.