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Copan Dives Into De-Duplication

With CIOs and IT managers clamoring for ways to slash their data center power and cooling costs, MAID vendor Copan is now adding de-duplication to its storage systems.

Copan is one of a number of vendors, including Nexsan, NEC, and Fujtisu, that are touting MAID technology as a way for users to shrink their storage footprints.

MAID systems typically use a small number of spinning disks that serve as a cache for a set of non-spinning, passive disks. If a data request is not found in the cache, the appropriate passive disks are powered up.

The technology is gaining higher visibility at the moment, as users wrestle with spiraling power costs and space considerations, and HDS recently entered the market with its own take on MAID.

Copan has now added de-duplication to the MAID mix by extending its relationship with its partner FalconStor, which already offered its Single Instance Repository (SIR) de-duplication software on VTLs sold with Copan systems.

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