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Active Storage outs ActiveSAN Xserve replacement for Macs

updated 12:40 pm EST, Mon January 31, 2011

ActiveSAN officially announced, due in the spring

Active Storage has made its leaked XServe replacement officially known on Monday, calling the metadata controller appliance ActiveSAN. Apple's Xserve are discontinued as of today as well, and the ActiveSAN is being endorsed by Apple. Active Storage CEO Alex Grossman said the product is easy to use and offers more than just generic server functionality for Xsan and StorNext installations.

ActiveSAN is a server-based appliance and runs on the Intel Nehalem (quad-core Xeon) server platform. It comes in a 1U rack design and uses Linux along with the Quantum StorNext SAN file system. Active Storage designed the user interface and management suite that places an emphasis on simplicity, including a ready-to-use setup out of the box.

Inside will also be 8GB of DDR3 RAM, mirrored hot-swappable 1TB Hitachi drives, a dual-port 8GB Fiber Channel card and dual hot-swappable 600W power supplies. Connections include four USB 2.0 ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports, one serial port and a VGA connection.

The device is claimed to be faster and more powerful than any other suggested transition products, Active Storage Senior VP of Engineering Mark Lonsdale said. It has expansion capabilities from StorNext that were not available with the previous Xserve/Xsan combination.

The systems will become available this spring, though prices haven't been revealed.

By Electronista Staff


  1. njfuzzy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2001


    No news

    The only news here is that there is no news. If this doesn't run Mac OS X Server, then it's not an XServe replacement. Period.

  1. mgpalma

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    Joined: Sep 2000


    I hate titles like this

    This product replaces ONE FUNCTION of the Xserve, XSAN, nothing more.

    It is NOT running Mac OS X, rather Linux, so it does NOT replace the XServe.

    Big whoop.

  1. donmontalvo

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    Joined: Oct 2009


    What a farce...

    ...guys, we need to run NetBoot and Apple SUS. This ain't it. Unless I'm missing the part about how we can migrate these last two remaining services from Xserve to ActiveSAN.

    Don Montalvo

  1. tfantz

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2007


    Be fair

    This is just a really poorly written headline and text. Active is not promoting this an a generic XServe replacement. They are being straight about what it is.

  1. chas_m



    Ah, but ...

    What if (as rumoured) Apple plans on announcing a way to virtualize OS X Server in the near future?

    Oh wait, then this unit looks like a good replacement, designed to run a virtualised OS X, from a company who's CEO was one of the principle architects of the XServe.

  1. PRoth

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    Joined: Aug 2008


    Apple and Enterprise

    Okay, Apple (i.e. Steve Jobs) said that no one was buying Xserves... My question is, given all of the Marketing Might that Apple seems to wield, how much effort REALLY went into promoting/evangelizing these things? I don't travel much in IT circles, but maybe some of you could say... Did Apple's enterprise products get the kind of push Apple is known for? Or were they just preaching to the IT converted who can't see beyond Windows and UNIX/Linux server boxes?

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