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.