Some news from the channel this week might pique the curiosity of Apple users: IP SAN developer Dynamic Network Factory has teamed up with distributor Bell Microproducts to bring iSCSI connectivity to the Xserve RAID storage platform.
The pair has devised the StorMacX appliance, built largely on a set of technologies that DNF gained last year with the purchase of iSCSI developer StoneFly.
The Xserve comes with Fibre Channel connectivity right out of the box, which can be quite a pain for iSCSI-only shops. The company's Leopard OS X 10.5 server provides an iSCSI initiator, so it only makes sense to have an iSCSI path into the RAID.
The StorMacX comes in three flavors: a NAS/iSCSI gateway supporting 30 TB and three RAIDs; an iSCSI-only gateway capable of 100 TB and 10 RAIDs, and a clustered storage device with load balancing and failover protection.
The system will be available from Bell Micro in the next few months, either as a stand-alone or packaged with the Xserve.