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Vol. 3 No. 6 August 2004

Big Mac attack for storage

This article originally appeared in "Storage" magazine in their August issue. For more articles like this, visit their website. Got storage-hungry Mac desktops to feed? Apple Computer Inc.'s Xserve RAID, its 3.5TB RAID array and the Xserve platform running Mac OS X have performed a minor miracle: Together, they seem to have made Mac a legitimate server and storage platform. Before, "we didn't really consider running Mac as a server platform," says Rich Kruszewski, network administrator at advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day. But since Mac OS X became a "viable operating system" with release 10.2, the firm has purchased 29TB of Xserve RAID, and is considering a move off its Novell servers for file and print in favor of Mac OS X, he says. Like everything Apple, everything looks pretty, but the performance is average. Randy Batterson Director of strategic alliances and OEMsAtempo The sheer volume of storage behind Mac platforms is growing, too, reports Eric Newbauer, director of operations at Studio Network Solutions, St. Louis, ...

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  • Big Mac attack for storage

    by  Alex Barrett

    Got storage-hungry Mac desktops to feed? Apple Computer Inc.'s Xserve RAID, its 3.5TB RAID array and the Xserve platform running Mac OS X have performed a minor miracle: Together, they seem to have made Mac a legitimate server and storage platform.

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