Apple unveils dual G5 Xserve

Apple Computer has unveiled three latest models of its Xserve with 2GHz, G5 processors from IBM at its core at the MacWorld...

Apple Computer has unveiled three latest models of its Xserve with 2GHz G5 processors from IBM at its core at the MacWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.
The company also introduced the Xserve Raid storage system with a maximum of 3.5TByte of capacity.

The Xserve, in a 1U form factor, will be offered in single and dual-2GHz processor units, with as much as 8GByte ECC (Error Correcting Code) memory, and as much as 750GB of storage. The single processor Xserve will be priced at $2,999, and the dual-processor unit priced at $3,999.

A third $2,999 model is optimised for clusters with dual-2GHz processors, 512MByte of ECC Ram, 80GByte hard drive, dual Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0.

Apple also introduced an upgraded Xserve Raid storage system that supports Windows and Linux-based platforms.

The 3U rack-mounted system will have a maximum capacity of 3.5TByte, and as much as 210MByte per second throughput.

The entry-level unit is priced at $5,999 with dual independent Raid controls with 128MByte of cache per controller, dual 2GByte Fibre Channel SFP (Small Form-factor Pluggable), four 250GByte ATA/100 Apple drive modules, 1TByte storage, and 8MByte on-drive cache.

At the top of the model line-up is the $10,999 unit that also includes 14 250GByte ATA/100 Apple drive modules and 3.5TByte of total storage.

G5 Xserve models will be available in February. The Xserve Raid Storage System is available now.

Ephraim Schwartz writes for Infoworld

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