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Vol. 3 No. 5 July 2004

First Look: Copan Systems Revolution 200T

Will MAID Clean Up Messy Tape Backups? @exb At a Glance What it does: The Revolution 200T is a virtual tape library built with SATA disks and massive array of idle disks (MAID) technology. Scalability: 56TB to 224TB Bandwidth: 2.4TB/hour (720MB/sec) Access times: Eight to 10 times better than tape. Data protection: MAID with parity protection Cost: Approximately $3.50/GB Product URL: http://www.copansys.com/products/index.htm Pro: It adds new possibilities for the long-term storage of massive amounts of data, delivering disk-based performance and reliability at $3.50/GB--about the same price as tape. Con: The cost savings provided by MAID arrays may not be enough for some organizations to warrant the trade-off in reduced data access speeds resulting from using an array of idle. @exe The revolution 200t is a highly scalable Serial ATA (SATA) disk backup system from Copan Systems, Longmont, CO, that employs a new technology called massive array of idle disks (MAID). It's a virtual tape library (VTL) that emulates a number of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Technology Report: WORM Tape

    WORM tape is increasingly being used for long-term archival purposes. Why? Because it's cheap, portable and satisfies today's demanding regulations.

  • First Look: Copan Systems Revolution 200T

    by  Lawrence Didsbury

    Can the Revolution 200T, which uses a new technology called MAID, straighten up your messy backup situation?

  • Tune down costs

    by  Marc Farley

    To save money and get the best performance, match the right type of storage with the application it's best suited for. We list several practical ways to optimize your storage.

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