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Acopia Helps Cabot Oil & Gas

LOWELL, Mass. -- Acopia Networks, the leader in intelligent file virtualization, today announced that Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., a leading North American exploration and production independent, has deployed Acopia ARX™ systems, featuring FreedomFabric™ operating system (OS) software, to support its storage tiering efforts, intended to free-up expensive disk resources and reduce storage and backup costs.

The Acopia solution replaced a previously deployed stub-based system that Cabot found to be “messy.” Stub-based tiering systems leave behind small file headers (stubs) when migrating or moving files. When misaligned, stubs can cause data loss or corruption. The previous solution caused Cabot IT personnel to spend countless hours dealing with problems created by the stub technology. In looking for a replacement, Cabot needed a solution that could be deployed within its NetApp NAS environment non-disruptively. After careful consideration and testing, an Acopia solution was chosen.

“We found that Acopia was the only product that actually worked ‘as advertised,’” said Norbert Burch, technical manager, Cabot Oil & Gas. “We conducted a thorough evaluation prior to selection and found that it met and/or exceeded our expectations across the board in regards to its NetApp compatibility, features, functionality, scalability, and stability.”

Today, Acopia is supporting Cabot’s downstream applications (i.e., seismic and geophysical mapping) storage tiering initiatives. Cabot is utilizing Acopia to identify inactive files within more expensive NetApp FAS960 fibre-channel based systems, and move them transparently, automatically, and continuously to a much less expensive NetApp R200 Serial-ATA (SATA) platform.

Burch added, “We have over 30 terabytes of file data spanning eight volumes, and the amount of data is growing fast. We need a technology that will grow with us – Acopia has delivered that solution.”

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