VSPL

Vector and Scalar Products (VSPL)

Digital Forensic Investigation

We have more than 15 years' experience designing data storage solutions to accelerate digital forensic investigation. We work with regional and national computer crime units, government departments and commercial forensic organisations. Over 50% of UK police forces use a custom data storage solution from us.

Digital forensic investigation

Expert Consultancy

We help our customers undertaking digital forensic investigation throughout the UK and Europe by providing them with high level consultancy, technical leadership and detailed technical architecture to enhance their IT infrastructure.

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Transporting data between sites

We provide forensic drive imagers, write-blockers and high-capacity portable RAID storage for acquiring evidence in the field.

A high capacity portable RAID storage system is a light weight desktop or ruggedised storage array, with up to eight drive bays, that allows rapid field based imaging of evidence. With multiple external interfaces including USB, firewire eSATA and GbE (NAS), and supporting both HDD and SSD, systems can be transported securely to site to acquire evidence securely before returning to base and uploading imaged data to a central storage area for immediate analysis, or merging into an existing case.

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Shared storage area

Organisations work in different ways depending upon a number of factors including number of examiners, budget, workflow and application support.

We know that some process evidence centrally using a high performance server or distributed processing over multiple servers, and others run small jobs or all of their jobs locally using their workstation, or aggregate performance across several workstations. We have tailored storage solutions to support the different ways you like to work.

Affordable shared storage

For our customers requiring central processing, or holding a copy of evidence or case folders on shared storage, then we have designed solutions utilising JetStor Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances. We have integrated these systems with high capacity NL-SAS drives and multiple 8Gb or 16Gb FC interfaces, or 10GbE for fast network storage. These solutions are selected primarily for their reliability and to deliver the capacity required at an extremely low acquisition cost per terabyte. Learn more about the JetStor range of low cost Fibre Channel disk storage here.

High bandwidth shared storage

For those requiring high bandwidth connectivity between the examiner and central storage area, anticipating unpredictable or extremely large data growth, or perhaps would benefit from some advanced data management features, then we have designed petabyte scale shared storage solutions with automated data protection and archiving capability. Learn more about the scale-out storage systems we provide.

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Archiving completed cases

Once a case has reached its logical conclusion then you should migrate it, along with evidence, off of regularly accessed storage onto a more cost-effective long term storage medium.

This will free up production storage capacity for new evidence and meet any data retention policies you may have in place. Some still write to individual hard drives and put them on the storage. There are smarter and more affordable ways to archive cases.

Archive to tape

Typically this would involve archiving data to LTO, sometimes multiple copies, and then storing it in a fire safe for a long term off-line archive. Tapes are about 60% less cost than hard drives for the same capacity, they can also have a longer shelf lie as long as you regularly exercise them. We've designed simple case archiving solutions allowing examiners to drag and drop case folders onto individual tapes, and more advanced workflows with automated archiving subject to user defined policies. Retrieval times can be slow, so if you need to be able to recover cold cases faster then you could use a near-line active archive...

Active Archive

Sometimes organisations need to store hundreds of terabytes, or even multiple petabytes, in a near line archive on disk. We provide low cost disk storage arrays which can be used as a second tier for archiving cases to. If you want exceptional reliability and large capacity then an active archive enables cases be kept readily accessible on disk in an extremely fault tolerant on-line archive. Learn more about an active archive solution.

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JetStor reselle 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.

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.

HPE reseller in Marlow, Bucks, UK

We provide solutions built on HPE's 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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