Apple has begun shipping its enterprise class storage area network (San) file system Xsan.
The San is designed to provide access to centralised shared data and can be used for storage consolidation and workflow in video post production, datacentre, broadcast and high performance computing environments, according to Apple.
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Apple said Xsan is a 64-bit cluster file system for Mac OS X that enables users to consolidate storage resources and provide multiple computers with concurrent file-level read/write access to shared volumes over fibre channel.
Setup, administration and monitoring is built into the Xsan administration software and the product is compatible with with ADIC’s StorNext File System. Apple said it can also be used in heterogeneous environments including Windows, Unix and Linux operating system platforms.
Xsan costs £699 from the Apple Store per client and per server.