Apple Announces Xserve and Xraid

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Date: Monday, February 10th, 2003, 15:49
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Apple today introduced Xserve RAID, the first 3U rack storage system with a 2.5TB storage capacity, performance of up to 400 MB/s at a price point of just over US$4 per gigabyte.

Xserve RAID combines leading-edge storage technologies for superior capacity and data protection in a 3U rack-optimized enclosure. Fast throughput and flexible configuration options make Xserve RAID ideal for businesses and institutions that demand high-availability, high-performance storage. With up to 2.52TB of capacity and innovative tools for remote management, this breakthrough RAID solution is easy to configure, easy to maintain and powerful enough to meet your organization?s growing storage requirements.

The innovative Apple-designed Xserve RAID architecture combines affordable, high-capacity ATA drive technology with a dual 2Gb Fibre Channel host interface for fast, reliable data access. Each 180GB Apple Drive Module uses a dedicated drive channel, maximizing the 400MB/s Fibre Channel host connection. And the hard drives are not all that?s redundant in Xserve RAID.

Apple today also upgraded its Xserve 1U rack servers with dual 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 processors, up to 2GB of 333 MHz Double Data Rate (DDR) memory and up to 720GB of hot-plug storage, with configurations starting at US$2,799.

The 1U (1.75-inch) Xserve comes with your choice of single or dual 1.33GHz PowerPC G4 processors running at speeds of up to 19 gigaflops, 2MB of dedicated L3 cache memory per processor with up to 3.5GB/s throughput, two full-length 64-bit, 66MHz PCI slots for up to 533MB/s throughput, and up to 2GB of 333MHz DDR SDRAM. Plus four independent ATA/133 drive bays holding up to 720GB of internal disk space using hot-plug Apple Drive Modules, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and the complete suite of robust, standards-based network services in Mac OS X Server.

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