iSCSI for the Mac

Arthur Cole

Mac users should take note of the growing field of iSCSI storage options coming on the scene. With the popular impression that Mac houses are generally high end (why else would they be using Macs?), it followed that only top-shelf Fibre Channel storage solutions were welcome.

 

The truth, of course, is that Mac users like to save money just like the rest of use, so iSCSI certainly has a role to play here.

 

ATTO Technology of Amherst, N.Y., just came out with the latest in a string of iSCSI developments for OS X. Version 3.0 of the Xtend SAN iSCSI Initiator works with the company's iPBridge system to offer quick setup of IP SANs that encompass Apple's XServe RAID storage.

 

Since Apple folks generally aren't accustomed to messing with coding, drivers or other setup hassles, Xtend provides one-click setup interfaces to the iPBridge, plus an enhanced GUI for easy configuration. And since it's IP-based, the system offers connectivity to non-Apple storage and supports long-distance backup operations.

 

It's probably no coincidence that iSCSI is gaining acceptance in Apple circles just as 10 GbE solutions hit the shelves. Mac users never insisted that their stuff had to be expensive -- just good.



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Apr 23, 2008 11:25 AM Matt Geier Matt Geier  says:
Hi - I came across your blog post. I thought I would share with you that the company I work for, Small Tree Communications is very popular in the Apple market with our Gigabit and 10Gb Network Cards and Edge-corE Switches. More recently we've also come out with our own iSCSI Initiator, and as of NAB we've announced our AoE driver.If you're interested. I would like to talk to you more and figure out if we could work together on some level. Reply

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