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Copan Revolution 300T/TX

The Revolution 300T/TX adds more flexibility to Copan's MAID array than previous generations.

"Green is in," according to one of our judges, and in terms of space efficiency, Copan Systems Inc.'s newest virtual tape library (VTL) may be the greenest of them all. The Revolution 300T/TX combines subfile-level data deduplication with Copan's Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID) feature to pack up to 6PB of logical storage into one frame, which consumes approximately 10 cubic feet of space. The density cuts down on the power draw of the system, as does the ability to spin disks up and down with MAID, making Copan "an interesting early front-runner in this type of array technology," states one of our judges.

The Revolution 300T/TX also adds more flexibility to Copan's MAID array than previous generations, which were available as non-dedupe VTLs only. It offers users the ability to access its disk at the block level and as a NAS system through the use of different software modules. In addition, different software "personalities" can be mixed and matched at the shelf level within the Copan frame.

According to one of our user panelists, "this definitely is an impressive unit when you need the density and power efficiency."

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This was first published in February 2008

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