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Tuesday, November 15 2005 @ 04:49 PM EST
Xsan 1.2 Hits the Streets
Apple released Xsan 1.2 today, and a full description of the upgrade, available as four different software updates (!), is available in this support article. The downloads themselves are available either via Software Update or as standalone installers. Additional migration information is available in this support article, and additional information on working within the 2 TB LUN size limit is available in this support article. So much to digest -- don't forget to post your thoughts on the improvements, as well as your experiences with the upgrade, in our Xsanity forums.
Wednesday, October 19 2005 @ 06:53 PM EDT
New PowerMacs with PCI Express and dual Gig-E ports
Apple today announced new PowerMacs. The architecture new features two Gigabit Ethernet ports on the motherboard, a 100% increase, which is great for Xsan. The PCI slots are now PCI Express, which is not backwards compatible with PCI or PCI-X. So you'll need new Fibre Channel HBAs for these new Macs. Apple says they are shipping their PCI Express HBA in 3-4 weeks.
Monday, October 17 2005 @ 06:59 PM EDT
Xserve RAID Admin Tools 1.5 available
Apple made 5MB of fresh meat available today for all you early adopters. Get your hands on Xserve RAID Admin Tools 1.5 Update via either Software Update or the standalone installer. Along with a pretty fair list of new features and a few fibre channel compatibility updates, the release brings some new procedures for adding and moving drives and arrays, as well as for replacing controller modules. The update is recommended for all Xserve RAID users; still, spend an appropriate amount of time with the README -- wouldn't want to hurt yourself out there on that cutting edge.
Tuesday, October 04 2005 @ 10:42 AM EDT
Retrospect 6.1 adds Xsan support
EMC Dantz tiptoes into support for Xsan this week with the release of Retrospect 6.1 for Mac, a free update for Retrospect 6 users. The release notes convey a whole laundry list of caveats, though ó don't install it on the SAN itself, forget about creation dates, forget about Access Control Lists, forget about subvolumes, expect some compare errors. Still, promising, and I'm sure we'll give it a try here ... meanwhile I'd welcome any backup stories from those of you using competing products, successful or otherwise.
Tuesday, September 13 2005 @ 01:51 PM EDT
Apple has released the Xsan Tuner application for testing and tuning Xsan installations.
About the Xsan Tuner Application
The Xsan Tuner application is used to test the data and video transfer capabilities of your storage area network and itís Xsan volumes. Xsan Tuner can simulate both standard UNIX reads and writes as well as Final Cut Pro video reads and writes for a variety of common video formats.
Use Xsan Tuner to see if your SAN can handle planned workloads before you put it into production use. An Xsan Tuning Guide is provided along with the application to help understand the Xsan Tuner results as well as provide configuration suggestions to optimize your SAN performance.
To use the Xsan Tuner application, you need the following:
Wednesday, August 10 2005 @ 11:57 AM EDT
Xsan in Tour de France Coverage
I'm not the only guy on the Xsanity crew who watched every stage of this year's Tour de France. So I love, love, love this success story just posted at Apple: covering the Tour demands top-speed performance with zero margin for error, so the United Kingdom's VTV production company and Soho-based Molinare broadcast facility dumped an old Avid workflow in favor of Xsan, Final Cut Pro and PictureReady. Sounds like the 20TB Xsan rose to the challenge like a champ.
Thursday, July 07 2005 @ 04:05 PM EDT
Xsanity Defrag 1.1 Released
We're happy to announce an update to our home-grown Xsan defragmentation app, Xsanity Defrag.
Xsanity Defrag 1.1 has been updated for Xsan 1.1. The app is a GUI wrapped around the
We'll be providing support for the app in a dedicated forum on this site. All feedback is welcomed!
Tuesday, June 21 2005 @ 11:32 AM EDT
Xsan 1.1 Update Available for Download
The much-anticipated Xsan 1.1 updates are finally available for download. While each of the three above are obtainable via Software Update, you might prefer to check out these standalone installers. The release brings Tiger compatibility, new documentations, and a number of performance improvements, but
From the release notes:
We read this to mean the following: If all your systems are running OS 10.3, a mix of Xsan 1.0.1 and 1.1 is O.K. But if any client has OS 10.4 and Xsan 1.1, then you must upgrade your metadata controllers to OS 10.4 and Xsan 1.1.
Wednesday, June 15 2005 @ 05:31 AM EDT
Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 03:15 PM EDT
Xsan reviewed at Datamation
With Apple's Xsan Takes a Bite out of Storage Market, noted Mac columnist John C. Welch gives Xsan a fair and modest treatment. In essence, he concludes that Xsan is a good hammer for a midsized nail. On a barely related note, I am truly sick of that cringe-worthy Apple/Bite metaphor in every other Mac news headline I see. Who's with me?
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