Apple ships SAN file system, upgrades server

Apple ships SAN file system, upgrades server

Apple Computer Inc. Tuesday announced it has shipped a new file system and an upgraded server.

The Xsan storage area network (SAN) file system lets users deploy a shared data environment for their data-center or high-performance computing environments.

Xsan is a 64-bit clustered file system for Mac OS X that consolidates storage resources into a single shared environment and gives multiple computers read/write access to shared volumes in a Fibre Channel SAN.

Xsan administrative software provides volume management, configuration and remote monitoring. Administrators can set quotas for users with the Xsan administrative tool. Xsan can be used in Windows, Unix and Linux environments when deployed with ADIC's StorNext File System.

Xsan starts at US$999 per client and server.

The company has also upgraded its Xserve server, adding a faster processor and additional storage. The 2.3-GHz dual-processor G5 Xserve offers 35 gigaflops of processing in a 1U (1.75-inch) high box. It has as many as three 400G-byte drives for a total of 1.2T bytes of storage. The upgraded G5 also offers as much as 8G bytes of memory and two 64-bit PCI-X slots.

The Xserve G5 ships in three configurations: a single 2.0-GHz processor with 1G byte of RAM and an 80G-byte drive is $2,200; a dual-processor 2.3-GHz model with 1G byte of memory and an 80G-byte drive is $2,900; and, a cluster-optimized Xserve with two 2.3-GHz processors, 512M bytes of memory and an 80G-byte hard drive is $2,200.

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