New Low-Cost RAID for OS X

Arthur Cole

A high-capacity RAID that costs less than 70 cents per gigabyte? As they say in Hollywood, "Is that something you would be interested in?"

Active Storage has released a new version of its XRAID system, the XRAID ES available in 4 and 16 TB configurations, with the larger costing about 67 cents per gigabyte, according to the company.

Both devices are for Apple-only installations, sporting a native OS X storage-management suite, but they use a single high-throughput RAID controller and hard drives with smaller read/write caches to keep the costs down. A second controller can be added for fault-tolerance.

Throughput on a 16-drive RAID 5 configuration is clocked at 744 MBps, making it suitable for everything from file service and database services to Web hosting and e-mail, particularly for shops that do not employ an Xsan. It can also serve as an archive device for near-line and DtoD backup.

The 16 TB version runs close to $10,000, while the 4 TB can be had for about $7,000.

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