Apple Divulges Storage Details
Apple announces technical details of its Xserve RAID appliance and upgrades to its Xserve server.Apple Computer Inc. Monday announced technical details and March availability for its delayed RAID applianceand announced upgrades to the Xserve rack-mounted computer. Xserve RAID has three models, with 720GB at $5,999, 1.26TB at $7,499, and 2.5TB at $10,999, officials said. All of the models have 8MB of on-drive cache; dual 2G-bps Fibre Channel ports; a dedicated bus for each ATA drive; and support for Apple-developed hardware acceleration of RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5 and 0+1, they said. Its Fibre Channel cards, using technology from LSI Logic Corp., cost $499 each.
The 3U Xserve RAID uses drives from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc., and has logical unit number masking. Storage switches from Vixel Corp. are certified, with qualifications for Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and QLogic Corp. coming soon, officials said. However, Xserve RAID itself doesnt yet support storage-area networking, officials of Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple said.