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.