Apple Introduces Xsan Storage Area Network File System

Apple Introduces Xsan Storage Area Network File System

by / May 11, 2004
LAS VEGAS -- April 27, 2004 -- Apple has now introduced Xsan, a high-performance, enterprise-class Storage Area Network (SAN) file system priced at $999 per system.

"Apple's pro video and IT customers now have an affordable, high-performance SAN file system on Mac OS X," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

Xsan is a 64-bit cluster file system for Mac OS X that enables organizations to consolidate storage resources and provide multiple computers with concurrent file-level read/write access to shared volumes over Fibre Channel.

Set-up, administration and monitoring is built into the Xsan Admin tool, which provides volume management, SAN file system configuration and remote monitoring in one integrated, easy-to-use application. User quotas and access controls allow administrators to restrict storage usage and file access for maximum data security. Since Xsan is interoperable with ADIC's StorNext File System, it can be used in heterogeneous environments that include Windows, UNIX and Linux server operating system platforms. Additionally Xsan is supported by ADIC's data management software, StorNext Management Suite.

"We are delighted that Xsan is interoperable with StorNext File System and our full range of policy-based data management software," said Bill Yaman, vice president of ADIC Software. "By integrating Mac OS X data into their unified storage environments, our customers will optimize storage utilization, simplify data management and further build a foundation for information lifecycle management."

For more information, see the Web site.
Blake Harris Contributing Editor