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Copan Gets New MAID

Copan Systems Inc. today tweaked its MAID (massive array of idle disks) architecture, taking another shot at eliminating tape and trying to distinguish itself in a growing field of virtual tape libraries (VTLs). (See Copan Expands Portfolio .)

Copans Revolution 200TX is the startup’s first major upgrade to the Revolution 200T virtual tape library (VTL) it started shipping in April 2004. (See Copan Sweeps Up $25M and Copan Takes Aim at Tape.) The new rev has dual controllers for better performance, and allows data replication across distances for disaster recovery.

Copan also improved what it calls the system’s “disk aerobics” to automatically monitor drives to detect failures, and mirror data from suspect drives to spare drives.

One thing that hasn’t changed is Copan’s MAID underlying technology. MAID powers the drives in an array up and down in an attempt to save energy and extend the life of SATA disks. These dancing disks distinguish Copan from the growing roster of VTL competitors, which is no longer solely the domain of startups as it was when Revolution 200T launched.

VTL uses the same backup software as tape, but backs up to disk for faster backup-and-restore times. When Copan came out of stealth, VTL was a relatively new concept and Copan’s main competition consisted of startups Diligent Technologies Corp., MaXXan Systems Inc., and Sepaton Inc., as well as tape vendors such as Advanced Digital Information Corp. (Nasdaq: ADIC), Quantum Corp. (NYSE: DSS), Overland Storage Inc. (Nasdaq: OVRL), and Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK) looking to cover their disk bases.

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