updated 09:25 am EDT, Wed August 9, 2006
ATA over Ethernet for OS X
Coraid today announced that 2-degree Frost Software has released an AoE driver for Mac OS X. This new AoE (ATA over Ethernet) driver enables a significant breakthrough in cost and scalability of storage for the Apple's Mac platform and have released a commercial version of AoE for that delivers virtually limitless storage for Mac OS X users. EtherDrive Storage products use the AoE (ATA-over-Ethernet) storage protocol, a simple alternative to iSCSI or Fibre Channel. AoE enables disks to be shared on the network creating a highly scalable storage system at the lowest possible price, according to the companies. "High capacity disks and low-cost networking means massively scalable storage networks are now economically feasible for many of today’s data hungry applications," the companies said in a press release. "EtherDrive Storage can scale one disk at a time to multi-PetaBytes of storage capacity, providing virtually limitless storage." The 2ºFrost AoE Driver for Mac OS X is available today for both Intel- and PowerPC-based systems as a Universal Binary; it is available for $160 for the Client edition and $320 for the Server edition as an introductory offer.