Apple Introduces Xsan 2

Apple introduced Xsan 2, the first major upgrade to its easy
to use, high performance, enterprise class Storage Area Network (SAN) file
system for Mac OS X. Combining enhanced performance with Apple’s legendary ease
of use, Xsan 2 makes it easier for first time users to set up and quickly
deploy a SAN; introduces MultiSAN, allowing users on a single workstation to
access multiple SANs at the same time; is fully integrated with Mac OS X
Leopard and Mac OS X Server Leopard and is now qualified to work with third-party
RAID storage.

Administration tools have been completely redesigned in Xsan
2, making it easier than ever to set up and manage a SAN file system. Xsan 2
intelligently handles different data types, file sizes and usage scenarios for
ideal performance. For example, administrators have the ability to pre-set
volume workload settings for optimal streaming of all file types, from very
large files, such as uncompressed HD video to small data center files. Xsan 2
includes a new feature, MultiSAN, for users who need to access multiple Xsan
volumes from the same workstation or server, such as in newsrooms with separate
SAN volumes for production and broadcast.

Xsan 2 is fully integrated with Mac OS X Leopard and takes
complete advantage of core Mac OS X features, such as Spotlight to search
across multiple SAN volumes. Xsan 2 also works seamlessly with Server Assistant
in Leopard Server for easy setup and configuration of SAN volumes. Leopard Server
features, such as iCal Server, Mail Server and Podcast Producer, can now
integrate with Xsan 2 to support clustered file systems, improving performance
and scalability and reducing the impact of a service outage from the loss of
any one server.

For the first time, Xsan 2 has been qualified with
third-party RAID storage hardware. Along with Apple’s Xserve RAID, Xsan 2
supports third-party RAID solutions from Promise Technology in configurations tuned
and optimized for Xsan, Mac OS X Server and Apple’s professional applications.

Xsan 2 is available immediately through the Apple Store ( and
through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US)
per node.

Apple has qualified Xsan 2 with Xserve, Mac Pro and Apple
Fibre Channel PCI-X cards. Xsan 2 requires Mac OS X version 10.5 or Mac OS X
Server version 10.5 software installed and will support qualified Fibre Channel
switches from vendors such as Brocade, QLogic and Cisco, and RAID storage
hardware including Xserve RAID and Promise VTrak E-Class RAID subsystems.

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