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Copan Cooks Up Disk-to-Disk

It appears that the list of disk-to-disk backup vendors is about to get a little longer (see our report on Disk Backup 101). Stealthy storage startup Copan Systems Inc. may be keeping its metaphorical lips tightly sealed about what its up to, but Byte and Switch has discovered that the company is working on a new disk-based backup-and-restore technology.

Copan Systems' Website says it is “developing a new class of data storage products.” But Camberley Bates, the company’s VP of marketing and business development, says the startup just isn’t ready to say anything else [ed. note: “I vant to be left alone!”].

After a bit of digging, however, we've managed to come up with a few clues as to what the company is doing.

For starters, rumor has it that the Longmont, Colo., company, which has been around for at least two years, will be coming out of the closet in the fourth quarter this year. At that point, Copan Systems is expected to unveil a new, high-end, disk-to-disk backup-and-restore product.

According to its Website, the company has already received funding from two major venture capital companies: Austin Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners. While no sum is mentioned, other sources indicate Copan Systems received a $12 million Series A round of funding in 2002.

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