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June 8, 2010

SGI unveils COPAN 400 storage platform

Claims to provide double the density and over four times the performance of its predecessor

By CBR Staff Writer

SGI has released COPAN 400 storage platform, which it claims to provide double the density of the previous generation COPAN product, with the capacity of nearly 1.8 Petabytes in a single cabinet.

The company claims that the new storage platform features over four times the performance of its predecessor, with up to 23TB per hour in throughput at full bandwidth; achieves savings in space and power; and offers advantages over tape-based offerings in enabling fast backup and restore.

According to SGI, the COPAN storage platform utilises enhanced MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) with features like Power Managed RAID software, minimising power consumption and provisioning by limiting the number of spinning drives to strict thresholds of as low as 25% at any time.

In addition, the storage platform also features such as Disk Aerobics, which proactively monitors data integrity and drive health. The COPAN product line includes two platforms, COPAN 400T/TX and COPAN 400M. The COPAN 400T/TX is a VTL (Virtual Tape Library) implementation that provides the benefits of the COPAN architecture while appearing to existing systems like a conventional tape library for integration with archive offerings such as DMF, SGI’s tiered virtualisation offerings.

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The COPAN 400M features native MAID for direct access to active archives and disk-to-disk offerings and supports IBM Tivoli and Commvault Simpana. It also works with LiveArc, SGI’s digital asset management platform.

Rick Chapek, senior vice president of hardware engineering at SGI, said: “The COPAN 400 storage platform is a significant step forward in the development of energy-efficient offerings for creating cost-effective and secure active archives. It is a significant milestone, and reflects SGI’s commitment to maintain focus on advancing market leading storage offerings to manage persistent data.”

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