Apple Bolsters Enterprise Storage

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Xsan 2 software introduces MultiSAN, which allows users to access multiple SANs at the same time from a single workstation and is fully integrated with Mac OS X Server Leopard.

Xsan 2 is also compatible with third-party RAID storage devices, and Apple's Xserve RAID product is no longer available on the company's Web site.

Apple has redesigned the administration tools in Xsan 2 to make it easier to set up and manage the system, according to the company, and the product can be configured to allow optimal streaming of all file types from HD videos to simple text documents.

The software fully integrates with Mac OS X Leopard and includes features like Spotlight which allows users to search across multiple SAN volumes. Xsan 2 works with Server Assistant in Leopard Server to setup and configure SAN volumes. Leopard Server features like iCal server, Mail Server and Podcast Producer can integrate with Xsan 2, which could potentially keep data safe in the event of a single server outage in a clustered system.

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Xsan 2 works with third-party RAID solutions like the one now available through Apple from Promise Technology.

Xsan 2 is available through Apple and Apple resellers and starts at $999 per node.