updated 04:00 pm EDT, Fri June 10, 2005
Xsan 1.1 update
Apple has updated its Xsan enterprise server software to take advantage of the 64-bit file system in Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger." does not add any new features, but improves performance and allows users to share files and volumes up to two petabytes (2PB) in size. Xsan is an enterprise-class storage area network (SAN) solution that lets multiple computers concurrently access storage on an Xserve RAID over high-speed Fibre Channel. By connecting users directly to a high-speed Fibre Channel network, Xsan eliminates the need to transfer files over slower Ethernet-based networks. Using Fibre Channel multipathing -- in which two Fibre Channel cables connect a computer to the SAN -- an Xsan client can theoretically achieve throughput of up to 400MBps. Xsan costs for $1000 per node.
"Xsan combines breakthrough performance with Apple's legendary ease of use for customers who require scalable, high-speed access to centralized shared data for storage consolidation and workflow in video post production, data center, broadcast and high performance computing environments."
"It is certified with Apple's suite of professional applications, including Final Cut Pro HD, Apple's Emmy award-winning editing software and Motion, a breakthrough application that redefines professional motion graphics production. For the first time on Mac OS X, up to 64 video professionals can simultaneously access a single storage volume that supports multiple high-bandwidth video streams for efficient workflow in video and film editing, broadcast, visual effects and motion graphics creation."