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The elegantly-engineered companion to Apple’s highly-regarded Xserve line of server hardware, this cutting-edge, self-contained storage solution holds up to 14 hot-swappable Apple Drive Modules — a phenomenal 3.5 terabytes of data — in a rack-optimized storage enclosure.

Xserve RAID features a breakthrough Apple-designed architecture that combines affordable, high-capacity Ultra ATA drive technology with an industry standard 2Gb Fibre Channel interface for reliable — and incredibly fast — data access. Xserve RAID is hands-down the best value in external RAID storage. Xserve RAID works well with Mac OS X Server, and you can use it with Windows- or Linux-based servers as well.

Competitive Enterprise Storage Solutions
  Apple Xserve RAID Dell EMC CX200 IBM FASt200 3542-1R HP StorageWorks 1000 Sun StorEdge 6120
Capacity 3.5TB 2.1TB 2.1TB 2.1TB 2.04TB
Size 3U 3U 3U 3U 2 x 3U
Price $10,999 $18,999 $51,895 $23,925 $74,600
Price per GB $3.14 $9.05 $24.71 $11.39 $36.57
Based on suggested retail prices published on websites as of December 30, 2003.

High Yield, Low Cost
Do the math: the gigabyte-per-dollar ratio of Xserve RAID is the best in the world for Fibre Channel storage, and trumps most SCSI storage solutions as well. Xserve RAID offers up to 3.5TB of high-performance redundant storage at just over $3 per gigabyte — a fraction of the cost of storage from Dell, HP, Sun or IBM. The days of seemingly unlimited IT budgets are long gone — no more blank checks for digital asset management — so as an IT professional, you need to cut costs, without cutting corners. For that reason alone, we think you’ll appreciate our pragmatic approach to help you save huge amounts of data — as well as a nice chunk of change.

Rack How Xserve RAID Works, In a Nutshell
Each 7200 RPM hard drive connects to a dedicated Ultra ATA drive channel to eliminate bottlenecks and maximize the 400MBps Fibre Channel host connection. This in turn means that as you add drives, Xserve RAID scales in both capacity and performance. And with an industry-standard 42U rack holding 49 terabytes of storage, you can keep adding drives for virtually unlimited storage.*

Failure Is Not an Option
Digital video footage, large databases, media-rich documents, hi-res images, uncompressed audio and scientific data sets have one thing in common: terabyte-sized storage needs. And while trying to keep up with the demand for more and more storage space is a job in itself, you can’t lose sight of the need to protect your digital content against all contingencies — and still make that combination available to users ’round the clock.

Apple Drive Modules Fast Access To Your Digital Assets
Instead of following the ruinously expensive — and easily avoidable — industry practice of relying on Fibre Channel hard drives, Apple did something truly innovative: We designed and developed a high-performance ATA-to-Fibre Channel systems architecture that delivers superior performance and reliability at a much lower cost.

Xserve RAID is designed for nonstop operation, with uninterrupted access to your critical data. Redundant hot-swappable power supplies and cooling modules enable the system to keep running even if one module were to fail. All active components are modular and designed to be switched in and out of place in seconds — without tools, and without interruption of service.

You Control the Controllers
Each Xserve RAID controller uses an environment management coprocessor to monitor and manage the RAID set and enclosure conditions. Naturally, you control the controllers, instead of the other way around (this is Apple technology, remember). The RAID Admin utility uses the environment management coprocessor to build multiple RAID sets on the fly, enabling you to bring storage online instantly — with no waiting for initialization. And since the RAID Admin utility is written entirely in Java, you can monitor and manage your RAID storage from anywhere on the Internet.

Status lights Practice Management By Walking Around
Onsite management is even easier. Fact is, if you’re the kind of IT professional who likes to keep tabs on what’s going on in your domain by actually walking around and checking things out for yourself, you’ll love the way Xserve RAID provides continuous visual feedback on system status. Indicator lights on the front panel display status at a glance for power cooling, RAID controllers and enclosure lock, while LEDs on each Apple Drive Module signal drive activity. With 46 blue LEDs down the middle displaying activity levels for each host channel, and Fibre Channel indicators showing link status, you can verify a system’s health — what a concept — just by looking at it.

Power Supply Data Storage That Rocks Around the Clock
Everything in Xserve RAID has been designed for nonstop operation. With redundant and hot swappable components — like drives, power supplies and cooling modules — Xserve RAID gives you protection and availability ’round the clock. Xserve RAID is prepared for every contingency.

*Operating system limitations apply.
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Server Solutions
Xserve RAID is an ideal storage solution for file and print, desktop management, web and media streaming services, as well as cluster computing. Learn more about applications and recommended configurations.

High Performance Computing
HPCwire, the journal of high performance computing, announced that Apple won 2003 Readers Choice Awards for most innovative HPC technology and price/performance honors for storage, hardware and cluster solutions.

Compelling Performance
“No other vendor comes close to offering the compelling performance, density and value of Xserve RAID in a 3U storage system — plus it’s got Apple’s trademark ease of use and set up,” said Jon Moog, CIO, RiskWise.

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Wide Array of Platforms
Xserve RAID supports RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5 and 0+1 using the hardware RAID processor, and supports levels 10, 30 and 50 combining hardware RAID capabilities with software RAID in Mac OS X. In addition, Xserve RAID works well paired with Windows or Linux servers, making it perfect for mission-critical data storage.

Long-distance Operator
Xserve RAID uses Small Formfactor Pluggable (SFP) connectors for additional deployment flexibility using copper or long-distance optical cables.

Get 24/7 Support
The AppleCare Premium Service and Support Plan offers expert email and telephone support with a 30-minute response time — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The AppleCare hardware repair coverage ensures 4-hour onsite response during business hours, and next-day onsite response after business hours. And you can rest assured that Apple-authorized technicians perform repairs using genuine Apple parts.

Xserve RAID hardware and remote management software work together to provide industry-leading remote monitoring and alerting capabilities. The RAID controller automatically reads Self-Monitoring, Analysis, Reporting Technology (SMART) data from each hard drive. SMART data lets you take preemptive measures. It allows the drive to report its health, and enables the operating system to warn you of a pre-failure condition — and gives you an opportunity to replace the hard drive before a failure occurs. The goal? Uptime, all the time.

Doesn’t Stop While You Swap
Xserve RAID drives feature true hot-swapping capabilities that allow a failed drive to be removed and replaced without a loss of data or interruption of service, thanks to the hardware RAID controller and the Apple-designed drive carrier. With Xserve RAID, the system continues to operate while the contents of the failed drive are rebuilt on a replacement drive, using redundant or parity information.

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