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Apple ships Mac Pro RAID card upgrade

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Thu November 1, 2007

Apple ships RAID cards

Apple has begun offering its RAID controller cards as a separate upgrade for its Mac Pro high-end desktop systems. Mac OS X already allows users to stripe two, three, or four hard drives in a RAID 0 array for increased performance with a large storage capacity. The operating system also supports RAID 1 mirroring for protecting critical data against drive failure, while the new Mac Pro RAID card supports hardware RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 0+1. The new card features 256MB of RAID cache, a 72-hour cache protecting battery, and sequential read performance of up to 304MB/sec in RAID 0 or up to 199MB/sec in RAID 5 without the need for any external drive enclosures. Apple's new Mac Pro RAID card is available via the online store as a configuration option for new Mac Pro purchases, adding $1,000 to the price of potential Mac Pro purchases.

Apple states: "The Mac Pro RAID Card delivers enhanced storage performance and data protection through a powerful hardware RAID engine, 256MB of cache, and an integrated 72-hour battery for protecting cache data. The card occupies the top PCI Express slot (slot 4) of your Mac Pro and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later."

Users looking to enable a Mac Pro for hardware RAID can install the Mac Pro RAID Card and two or more hard drives in bays 1 through 4. Each RAID level requires a minimum number of hard drives, however, with Enhanced JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) needing just one drive and RAID 0+1 requiring four separate drives.

The Mac Pro RAID card ships with an installation tool as well as detailed setup instructions.




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  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WTF

    $1,000 !!

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: wtf

    belugashark, please take a moment to do a little research before you make baseless comments like this. If you had any clue about the type of card this is and what market segments it is targeted at, then you would realize that $1K is a very good price for such a board from a first party vendor. This RAID board is NOT the same as the typical consumer level RAIDs that can be purchased from the likes of Highpoint and Sonnet Technologies. If you were to compare this board with boards from HP and Dell, you will see that Apple's price is very reasonable.

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    relax csi

    $1,000 for controlling only internal drives, which happens to be only 4 kinda sucks. I usually like to configure the OS as an internal RAID 1, and the data in an external RAID 5 enclosure with an active Parity drive.

  1. csi95

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Huh?

    What am I missing here?

    Apple has offered RAID cards as an option for a while now. What's the big news here? Is this version somehow different? The article makes it sounds like the option of a RAID card is new as of today...

  1. Oneota

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Standalone

    To csi:

    What's new is that before today, you could only order the RAID cards as CTO options. You couldn't retrofit them into already-purchased Mac Pros or Xserves. Now you can! w00t!

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    csimon2

    Care to elaborate on how this "professional" card, with it's &1,000 price is superior to say the "consumer" Highpoint 2000 or 3000 series?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    comparison

    Care to elaborate on how this "professional" card, with it's &1,000 price is superior to say the "consumer" Highpoint 2000 or 3000 series?

    Its from Apple, so it MUST be better!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Pro vs consumer

    This is a hardware RAID-5... consumer cards rely on the CPU to compute the parity bits, constantly taking a chunk of available processing power. Plus the backup battery.

    h***, just look at the picture and compare it to any sub-$100 card out there... obviously more is going on in this card.

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    guest

    The Highpoint cards cost MUCH more than $100.00.

    So do the Sonnet cards.

    The Highpoint 3320 costs about $490.00. The RocketRAID 2340 is about $550.00.

    I'm still waiting for someone to justify spending $1,000 for an Apple card that only supports the internal cards and doesn't run any kind of external enclosure whatsoever.

    The Highpoint cards have the same features, and then some. The Highpoint cards are definitely not "consumer" grade hardware.

    Testudio is right. I'll elaborate a bit. Just because something says "Apple" on it doesn't mean it's necessarily the best.

    How many of you buy RAM from Apple?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    worth 1000

    Can you boot a RAID off the NON Apple cards?

    If not, the Apple card is worth the money and then some.

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