Copan has found a frustrating limitation to sales of its MAID products in the UK; some data centre flooring can't take the weight.
According to storage blogger Chris Evans the sale is made and then the Revolution array weight is understood and its floorspace needs. This is followed by a calculation to see if prospecdtive customer's floor can support hopeful supplier's kit weight. Because MAID arrays pack many, many more disk drives in the same rack space they are much heavier than ordinary arrays which have to provide lots of space inside for cooling air flows.
In several cases the floors aren't strong enough. Whoops. Perhaps Copan will come up with extended legs to support the load across more floor panels. Isn't it annoying? You get truly great array technology and then something as basic as a data centre floor could give way beneath it.
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