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Vol. 2 No. 8 October 2003

Apple RAID: innovative but limited

As unstable as the storage business can be, it's always nice when a new player brings a fresh perspective to the table. That's definitely the case with the newest storage array vendor, Apple Computer Inc. That's right, Apple--a company that some wrote off not so long ago. But you'd have to be living in a cave not to know that Apple is back with a vengeance, and it has brought some smart products to the market. The latest is the Apple Xserve RAID array. Apple Xserve RAID at a glance Apple's Xserve RAID has two independent RAID controllers, each supporting up to 512MB of cache. The subsystem has seven drive channels per controller, which are connected to 180GB, 10,000 rpm ATA drives. One subsystem supports up to 14 drives for a total raw capacity of 2.5TB. Source: Enterprise Storage Group Array vendors all over the world are making RAID arrays based on ATA disks connected to Fibre Channel (FC) or SCSI bridges. It's a wonderful idea that offers customers a tremendous amount of storage at a fraction of what they're used to paying ...

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    Serial ATA disks can save you big bucks, but there's a bigger story here. By using RAID and a SAN, you can overcome many of its inherent reliability and performance limitations. It's time to rethink many of your assumptions about storage costs.

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