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Vector and Scalar Products Ltd (VSPL)

Digital Forensic Investigation

Accelerating digital forensic investigation

Do you want to ingest, process and review terabytes of digital evidence faster than ever before?

Our solutions address key challenges faced within the digital forensic community today such as acquiring and securing evidential data in an affordable manner, and then processing this data efficiently before preserving it to satisfy statutory requirements. We provide high level consultancy, technical leadership and detailed technical architecture on data storage infrastructure projects large and small, assisting organisations undertaking digital forensic investigation by enabling them to ingest, process and archive data faster and more securely than ever before.

Improving user experience

Adding value by taking a collaborative, solution led approach to infrastructure design.

It doesn't matter which platform or application you wish to use, we will specify and configure the underlying hardware to eliminate potential bottlenecks and to accelerate the retrieval of electronic information.

We will collaborate with your software application vendors to determine performance requirements before specifying the most suitable infrastructure to accelerate your workflow. Our objective is to provide your investigators and reviewers with an improved user experience, and to ensure that your organisation is getting the best return on its investment.

Enhancing workflows

We tailor flexible solutions to support or improve your existing workflow.

Some organisations process evidence centrally using high performance servers or distribute processing over many servers. Other departments run smaller jobs locally or aggregate performance across several workstations.

Workflows are typically influenced by in-house technical knowledge, number of examiners, the geographical area of responsibility and budget. We design scalable, flexible and efficient solutions to support the different ways you store and process data, before making it available for local or remote analysis.

local processing and digital investigation

Local processing and digital investigation

We custom build high performance forensic workstations which enable you to process and review evidence faster.

If you are processing evidence locally, or wish to distribute processing across multiple workstations within your department, then we will help you to select the best systems to support your workflow. These included the latest 'Z' series desktop workstations from HP, as well as in-house custom designed and built extreme performance workstations using the latest Intel processors. We custom configure each workstation with the capacity and performance you require enabling you to make the best use of all available resources.

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central processing and remote review

Central processing and remote review

When you need to process large amounts of data for rapid analysis, you could use a dedicated environment which can offer more performance and capacity than local processing.

Evidence files can be written to a shared storage area by any examiner, processed rapidly, and then made available for review to remote examiners on the network. Performance and capacity can be configured and scaled to exact requirements, ensuring that resources reach extremely high levels of utilisation providing the best return on your investment (ROI).

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central storage area for evidence and case folders

Network storage to support your investigation

Get a reliable and affordable high capacity network storage area to safeguard evidence after acquisition, and provide a working area for case folders during your investigation.

We design custom solutions using the most suitable compute, storage and networking architecture for your environment or budget. This could be scale-out Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances, converged systems, or file servers with direct attached storage. We have helped out customers to deploy shared storage areas ranging from 10TB through to multiple petabytes of capacity. We can support any protocol you require, including Gigabit/10Gibabit Ethernet networks, iSCSI, or even supplying high bandwidth 16Gb Fibre Channel to each workstation. We take the time to understand your unique requirements before helping you to select the most suitable vendor hardware.

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archive case folders and evidence

Archiving evidence and case folders

Free up production systems by migrating completed cases, along with associated evidence, to a more affordable storage tier for long term data retention.

You can utilise secondary data storage systems, including bulk capacity disk storage arrays and tape libraries, to free up production capacity and satisfy your long term data retention policies. Hardware can be refreshed after a period of time, migrating archived data to a new system benefiting from great storage density. When storing extremely large capacities, an alternative approach could be the integration of an active (on-line) disk archive. Enabling petabyte scale archiving, and offering unmatched durability with instant search and recovery, data could be distributed geographically between connected sites.

If you can't transmit data over wire then you could still rely upon tape to move data off-site. The latest tape libraries feature LTO7 media, and can be scaled from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes. Performance is greatly improved with LTO7, an ideal solution for long term retention and physically transporting data off-site.

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We've integrated solutions to support the following applications

Nuix solutions in Marlow, Bucks, UK

Nuix Investigator Lab is for organisations looking to set up a dedicated environment that can rapidly ingest and process terabytes of digital evidence per day and make it available for timely analysis. We've helped departments accelerate central and distributed evidence processing by correctly sizing the data-centre infrastructure, including compute, storage and networking. 

 

Guidance software solutions in Marlow, Bucks, UK

Encase Forensic allows you to acquire data from a wide variety of devices, complete a comprehensive disk-level investigation, and produce extensive reports on your findings while maintaining the integrity of your evidence. We've consulted on multiple projects where departments need high capacity network storage to support their investigation, based on Forensic (FTK) and eDiscovery.

 

Magnet forensics solutions in Marlow, Bucks, UK

Magnet IEF is used by forensics professionals to find, analyse and report on the digital evidence from computers, smartphones and tablets.

 

Bluebear solutions in Marlow, Bucks, UK

Bluebear LACE enables investigators to categorise huge amounts of image and video data from seized devices, dramatically reducing the time and resources required to bring a case to court. We've specified and integrated the underlying compute and storage hardware to ensure systems run at maximum efficiency.

 

Feedback from some of the projects we have delivered

Shared storage area for Met Police

Network storage for digital forensic investigation

Helping the police to protect and process evidence affordably.

Simply, we were looking to acquire as much storage, at the best price possible, and got the best deal with JetStor out of all the manufacturers we approached. VSPL also had a good understanding of our requirements and sold us the best, not the most expensive, equipment to meet our needs. We have also enjoyed excellent after sales service.

John Jack - Computer Systems Laboratory Manager, SCD4, Metropolitan Police

 

Netgear newtworking partner in Marlow, Bucks, UK

We provide the Netgear range of business class switches and security devices to our customers requiring affordable next generation networking products. Suitable for department and enterprise networks, Netgear provide reliable cost-effective 10 Gigabit copper switches for high speed networking requirements.

 

Voom Tech reseller partner in Marlow, Bucks, UK

We have partnered with Voom Technologies to supply products which improve the efficiency of law enforcement and forensic practitioners by speeding up the collection, analysis and presentation of digital data. VSPL is an authorised reseller for Voom Technologies in the UK & Ireland.

 

Dell reseller in Marlow, Bucks, UK

We partner with Dell to provide their industry leading server and storage hardware which we deploy extensively within our public sector clients. These include local government, central government, law enforcement, defence, education and healthcare. We provide the full suite of Dell products and services.

 

Quantum partner in Marlow, Bucks, UK

We provide best in class Quantum Scalar intelligent scalable tape libraries which enable our customers to safeguard their data in an affordable, reliable and easy to manage system. We also provide StorNext scale out shared storage appliances, ideal for collaborating on large data sets.

 

Cisco datacentre partner in Marlow, Bucks, UK

Cisco continuously improve the way people and businesses connect. VSPL is a Cisco select solution partner and provide datacentre solutions built upon the entire Cisco portfolio spanning the key areas of networking, security and unified computing. VSPL is committed to further establishing its relationship with Cisco.

 

JetStor reseller in Marlow, Bucks, UK

JetStor (by AC&NC) is a comprehensive portfolio of affordable, mid-range RAID arrays for DAS, NAS, unifiediSCSI IP and FC SAN storage appliances, including the highest density energy efficient SAN arrays and JBODs. Certified with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, we have supplied JetStor storage systems for over 15 years.

 

Infinidat partner in Marlow, Bucks, UK

VSPL is a UK based Infinidat reseller. We have partnered with Infinidat to address the demand from our customers for a petabyte scale enterprise grade storage system to support their mission critical applications and file data requirements.

 

HPE reseller in Marlow, Bucks, UK

We provide solutions built on HPEs range of servers, storage and networking products. We also support the entire back catalogue of legacy products including Digital, Compaq and HP branded equipment. We have supplied HP infrastructure solutions to our customers since their acquisition of Compaq in 2001.

 

HP business partner in Marlow, Bucks, UK

We are an HP Business Partner, providing their extreme performance Intel based workstations. We also supply and support the complete range of enterprise systems including servers, storage and networking products. We have been an HP partner since their acquisition of Compaq in 2001.

 

Seagate drive partner in Marlow, Bucks, UK

We have integrated storage solutions featuring reliable Seagate drives for over 15 years. We provide the latest Seagate 3.5" NL-SAS HDDs for bulk storage, and 2.5" 10k enterprise performance drives for applications requiring faster transaction processing. We provide the full range of Seagate's products and services.

 

HGST drive partner in Marlow, Bucks, UK

We integrate storage systems with HGSTs high capacity helium filled disk drives to provide the bulk storage capacity for large-scale storage projects. HGST manufactures SSDs, HDDs, JBODs and a petabyte scale active archive, based on object storage technology, for long term retention of data.

 

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