Copan promotes Layton, hires Flyzik

Copan Systems Inc. has promoted Will Layton to president of its federal division and has tapped Jim Flyzik to be a special adviser to the company.

Copan makes storage solutions for the protection and management of persistent data, which is data that rarely changes but still needs to be readily accessible.

Layton had been vice president of the company’s federal division, which has grown by 700 percent since he took over in 2006, Copan said in a statement. The federal business accounts for about a third of Copan’s revenue.

Part of Layton's strategy is to position Copan to take advantage of initiatives aimed at energy and cost savings, the Longmont, Colo.-based company said.

“Mandates requiring federal agencies to make information accessible over the Internet have created the need for significantly more efficient data centers – in terms of how data is stored as well as the power and cooling infrastructure needed to support those centers,” Layton said.

Persistent data represents about 75 percent of the information stored in data centers, so better management of that data can lower energy consumption and yield cost savings, he said.

Flyzik is the former chief information officer at the Treasury Department and is the president of the Flyzik Group, a business consulting firm. He has more than 27 years of experience in the federal government and currently is the chairman of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's committee on homeland security.

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