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Apple Revamps Xserve, Launches RAID Storage

New model gets speed boost to 1.33 GHz By Dave Nagel
Apple today announced changes to its Xserve line of G4-based rackmount servers. The new models now use 1.33 GHz G4 chips. Apple also announced a new line of RAID storage systems for its servers.

The new Xserve servers are available in two basic configurations, a single 1.33 GHz G4 and a dual 1.33 GHz G4. Both systems run on a 167 MHz system bus and offer two full-length, 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI slots for up to 533 MB per second throughput. They also include FireWire 800 ports. The single-processor model includes Mac OS X Server (unlimited client), 2 MB level-3 cache, 256 MB DDR333 RAM (configurable up to 2 GB), dual gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, a slot-load CD-ROM drive and an internal 60 GB ATA/133 drive (configurable up to 720 GB). It sells for $2,799.


The dual-processor model includes Mac OS X Server (unlimited client), 2 MB level-3 cache per processor, 512 MB DDR333 RAM (configurable up to 2 GB), dual gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, a slot-load CD-ROM drive and an internal 60 GB ATA/133 drive (configurable up to 720 GB). It sells for $3,799.

Apple has also released a new dual-channel, 2-gigabit fibre-channel PCI card for bandwidth up to 400 MB per second and comes with two 2.9-meter copper cables that accept SFP copper or optical transceivers. The card sells for $499.

Apple has also launched a new line of RAID storage systems for the Xserve. The new devices support capacities up to 2.5 TB with data transfers up to 400 MB per second (2 gigabit, dual-channel fibre). The devices support up to 14 independent ATA/100 drive channels with dual independent RAID controllers and up to 1 GB controller cache. They also provide level-5 RAID and can stream real-time 1080i HD. The new RAIDs will be available in March with a base configuration (four 180 GB Apple ATA/100 drive modules) starting at $5,999. Other configurations include 1,260 GB for $7,499 (seven 180 GB drives) and 2,520 GB for $10,999 (14 180 GB drives).

For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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