Feeds

Nexsan gives 42TB array a make-over for picky Apple fans

SATABeast cleans up, brushes its metal

Boost IT visibility and business value

Storage system developer Nexsan Technologies is releasing a new version of its SATABeast disk array designed for Apple XServe and Mac Pro systems.

The SATABeast Xi holds up to 42TB of storage in a 4U form-factor. The hardware is similar to Nexsan's current SATABeast array, but with tweaks to the box design, web management GUI and software wizards. The changes address Apple product aesthetics as well as networking peculiarities.

Note the lack of butt-ugliness seen in the regular SATABeast

The array has 4gb/s Fibre Channel interface ports and support for iSCSI. It also sports AutoMAID for slowing the spin of idle hard drives and a dual-redundant controller for data protection.

Nexsan envisions most XServe or Mac Pro customers that need this kind of massive storage coming from the film, video and music industry — a group that tends to fancy Mac-based applications.

So they've also cranked the bevel knob to 11 in order to make the web-based management GUI look more like something Steve Jobs would have coughed up.

And gradients. Don't forget gradients!

Bear in mind there's no formal endorsement for the Xi from Apple. Those only willing to partake in devices sanctified by The Big Fruit must be satisfied with the 10.5TB offered by Apple's Xserve RAID array.

But if you need the extra space, you could always cram this puppy into the brand new XServe and Mac Pro models Apple unveiled just yesterday. It can also used as storage in other operating systems as well.

The price of the array will be about $1,200 per TB, about the same as the regular SATABeast price tag. The unit is being galavanted at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco next week, with shipments expected to begin March 15. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests
Big Blue finds containers are speedy, but may not have much room to improve
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?
Enough hot air to carry a balloon to the Moon
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'
$50k of PowerEdge servers? That'll be 85 coins in digi-dosh
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.